President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, authorizing the incarceration of individuals of Japanese ancestry living along the Pacific Coast in inland concentration camps. For decades prior, Japanese immigrants had settled throughout Washington State and cultivated farms, built stores and businesses, established language schools, founded professional and social clubs, and raised families. The rippling effects of the War Relocation Authority’s forced upheaval of 120,000 individuals continue to impact survivors and descendants today. Explore this complex history through primary sources including oral histories, artifacts, and ephemera.
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