Japanese boys at an internment camp in the United States during World War II.

The Sorry History of Japanese Concentration Camps in America

In February 1942, President Roosevelt ordered the incarceration of 110,000 Japanese–Americans living in California, Oregon and Washington. These people were either native born U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, and the majority were not old enough to vote. Nevertheless, Roosevelt determined they represented a security threat and ordered them to be relocated to ten camps …

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