School children, Manzanar Relocation Center, California Digital History ID 4154|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: photograph
Museum Number: LC-DIG-ppprs-00357 DLC
Annotation: In response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt created the War Relocation Authority to relocate Japanese Americans. It resettled 100,000 Japanese Americans in ten isolated internment camps scattered across seven western states. Called relocation camps, they resembled minimum security prisons. In these concentration camps, American citizens, who had committed no crimes, were locked behind barbed wire and crowded into ramshackle wooden barracks. The families lived one family to a room that was furnished with nothing but cots and bare light bulbs. They were forced to endure bad food, inadequate medical care, and poorly equipped schools.
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