Executive Order 9066

On Thursday, February 19, 1942, two and a half months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing military commanders to designate military areas for relocation of Japanese Americans.¬† This forced 120,000 Japanese Americans into ‚Äúrelocation camps,” based on the fear that Japan was preparing a full-scale attack on the west coast and that some in the U.S. Japanese community might be spies for the Japanese government.

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