Japanese American Internment

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  • Japanese American internment was the removal of individuals and families of Japanese birth or descent, many of whom (approximately 62 percent) were American citizens, from their homes on the West Coast of the continental United States and the territory of Hawai'i to internment camps, termed War Relocation Camps. The program, which is not free from the charge that it was primarily racially motivated, affected more than 110,000 individuals. In the continental United States, all Japanese Americans in the “exclusion area” were relocated to internment camps both inside and outside the exclusion area, while in the Hawaiian Islands less than 2 percent (1,200–1,800 of the estimated 150,000 who comprised approximately one-third of the total population of the territory) were affected. The exclusion area in the continental ...

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