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1 Fitting Fiction with Facts for Japanese-American Internment Barney & Pamela Rickman bubble-gum cards entitled "The Horrors of War”

2 “THAT DAMNED FENCE” (anonymous poem circulated at the Poston Camp)

3 Japanese American Internment, WWII By Dec. 1942, >110,000 people of Japanese ancestry interned as an “enemy race” 65% of "evacuees“ = U.S. citizens None ever charged with treason

4 Final destinations: 1 of 10 camps constructed by War Relocation Authority in 7 states.

5 Reasons: Immediate Reasons: – Pearl Harbor attack – Fear of attack on West Coast after Japan’s early victories Longer-term Reasons (since late 1800s): – Racism – Economic competition

6 Asian immigrants to USA suffer discrimination (see Timeline) Immigration restrictions: – 1882: suspend Chinese immigration – 1907 & 1908: significantly restrict number of Japanese immigrants

7 No Japs in Our Schools / Citizens' Mass Meeting" "Under the Auspices of the Japanese and Korean Exclusion League / The Meeting will be Addressed by Mayor Eugene E. Schmitz... and Other Prominent Citizens / Be Sure to Attend and Register Your Protest By Your Presence" CREDIT: Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkley DATE December 10, fectunion/non- flash/immigration_racism.html

8 Woman pointing to sign displayed above porch. Signs in front window: "Japs Keep Out" "Member Hollywood Protective Association" CREDIT: National Japanese American Historical Society DATE ca fectunion/non- flash/immigration_racism.html fectunion/non- flash/immigration_racism.html

9 Post Pearl Harbor CREDIT: Rebecca Damren, Japanese American Internment, Photo 3 Photo: Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project. auses-racism.jpg auses-racism.jpg

10 Post Pearl Harbor DESCRIPTION Garage door, painted with words "NO JAPS WANTED/ HERE" Seattle, CREDIT: Museum of History and Industry, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection fectunion/collection/assets/ jpg

11 "A Jap's a Jap. It makes no difference whether the Jap is a citizen or not." Lt. General John L. DeWitt, Commander, Western Defense Command, 1942 CREDIT: National Archives & on/image.asp?ID=614 on/image.asp?ID=614 "I am determined that if they have one drop of Japanese blood in them, they must go to camp." — Colonel Karl Bendetsen, DeWitt's chief aide for the mass removal CREDIT: National Archives & flash/removal_process.html flash/removal_process.html


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