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Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Executive Order 9066” (February 19, 1942). This wartime order, issued a few months after Pearl Harbor, led to the internment of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans, as well as a number of Italian and Germans in America. The policy is considered one of the darkest stains on FDR’s legacy.

 

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“Now, therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, and Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of War, and the Military Commanders whom he may from time to time designate, whenever he or any designated Commander deems such action necessary or desirable, to prescribe military areas in such places and of such extent as he or the appropriate Military Commander may determine, from which any or all persons may be excluded, and with respect to which, the right of any person to enter, remain in, or leave shall be subject to whatever restrictions the Secretary of War or the appropriate Military Commander may impose in his discretion. The Secretary of War is hereby authorized to provide for residents of any such area who are excluded therefrom, such transportation, food, shelter, and other accommodations as may be necessary, in the judgment of the Secretary of War or the said Military Commander, and until other arrangements are made, to accomplish the purpose of this order. The designation of military areas in any region or locality shall supersede designations of prohibited and restricted areas by the Attorney General under the Proclamations of December 7 and 8, 1941, and shall supersede the responsibility and authority of the Attorney General under the said Proclamations in respect of such prohibited and restricted areas.”

Photo Source: National Archives

Photo Source: National Archives

 

Photo by Dorothea Lange of Japanese-American grocery store on the day after Pearl Harbor

Photo by Dorothea Lange of Japanese-American grocery store on the day after Pearl Harbor National Archives

On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 granting the War Department broad powers to create military exclusion areas. Although the order did not identify any particular group, in practice it was used almost exclusively to intern Americans of Japanese descent. By 1943, more than 110,000 Japanese Americans had been forced from their homes and moved to camps in remote inland areas of the United States. (Source: FDR LIBRARY)

 

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