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WWII "Internment Camps" and Mass Incarceration in the U.S.

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Linda Okazaki will describe WWII exclusion and incarceration in the U.S., including Japanese, Germans, Italians, and Latin Americans.

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WWII "Internment Camps" and Mass Incarceration in the U.S.

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May 11 6-7:30 pm

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Linda Okazaki

 

The event is presented online via Zoom

Shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked, thousands of alien enemies were arrested, interrogated, and detained in “Internment Camps” under the authority of the Alien Enemies Act of 1798. These individuals were primarily citizens of Germany, Italy, and Japan.

Separate from that experience was the mass incarceration of approximately 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were American citizens. This confinement of civilians by race is often incorrectly referred to as “internment.”

This lecture will review the differences between the internment of Alien Enemies and the mass incarceration of those of Japanese ancestry, as well as the little-known experience of Latin Americans. Terminology will be defined, and record availability will be explored. The documents pertaining to this time frame are rich and revealing, often giving a detailed glimpse into the life of an individual or family. Federal records from the Western Defense Command, the War Relocation Authority, the Department of Justice, the State Department, the FBI, the INS, and the Office of the Provost Marshall will be reviewed, as well as materials available in other repositories.

The event will take place via Zoom. If you join, please sign in early to make sure you are able to see the program.  We will send you instructions the night before, and a reminder shortly before the event, which will give you access. When registering, use an email address you will be checking. Please note all times are Pacific Daylight Time

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This event is presented live. Some events may be recorded for internal use only.

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