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Japanese-American Reintegrating into American society after the Wartime Internment, 1945

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air force attacked Pearl Harbor. The attack led to the United States’ formal entry into World War II the next day. On February 19, 1942, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, questioning Japanese-American loyalty. This order stated that all Japanese ancestry people residing in the United States would be forced to relocate and incarcerated in concentration camps.

The U.S. Supreme Court eventually gave the verdict against the War Relocation Authority that it has no authority to subject citizens based on race. The internment camps across the country officially closed in March 1946.

American Photographer Charles Mace captured these fantastic photographs that depict the Japanese-American reintegrating into American society after the wartime internment.

Written by Aung Budhh

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