Today in Legal History: President Roosevelt Authorizes Internment of Japanese Americans

jam001On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which required the internment of people of Japanese ancestry. Seattle and the west coast were particularly affected by the order in which over 100,000 people from the west coast were forced from their homes and businesses.  On March 30, 1942 the first group of Japanese Americans in the nation to be forcibly removed and interned came from Bainbridge Island.
Many people now commemorate February 19th as a Day of Remembrance of the Japanese American Internment.

More information is available at:

  • History Link: The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=240
  • Eric Yamamoto, Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment  LAW-Reserve (Faculty Collection)  KF7224.5.R33 2013
  • Peter Irons, ed., Justice Delayed: The Record of the Japanese American Internment, LAW-4th Floor  KF7224.5.J87 1989
  • Greg Robinson, A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America LAW-3rd Floor  D769.8.A6R64 2009 c.2
  • Eric Muller, Free to Die for Their Country: The Story of Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II, LAW-Culp Collection (3rd Floor-Range 3A)  D810.C82M85 2001
  • Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Lemieux Library 5th Floor Books PS3606.O737 H68 2009b
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