As I posted earlier, today marks 72 years following the signing of Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the largest mass incarceration and civil rights violation of American citizens in American history. As I wrote earlier this month, internment is still technically Constitutional.
Today is a day to remember this horrible moment in American history, and to vow to never let it happen again. To that end, here are 10 historical images of Japanese American interment.
1. Belongings and baggage at a temporary relocation center (source: Wikipedia)
2. The Mochida family wears tags during the relocation process. (source: Wikipedia)
3. Crowded and inhumane conditions at a temporary relocation center. (source)
4. A girl stands in front of one of the converted shacks at Tanforan. (source)
5. Internees look at each other from between barbed wire. (source)
6. An American soldier guards Tule Lake (source).
7. Internees gather in the mess at Kooskia, Idaho internment camp. (source)
8. Living quarters – a single room shack heated by a single oven – for an entire family at Heart Mountain. (source)
9. A historical photograph of the shacks erected at the camp in Manzanar, and the harsh desolate surroundings of the camp.
10. The shrine that stands today at the site of the Manzanar internment camp.
This is part two of a series of pictorial posts for today’s #DayofRemembrance.
Here is the full list of posts that I compiled today for this year’s #DayofRemembrance:
- Part One: 12 Images of anti-Japanese xenophobia
- Part Two: 10 images of Japanese American internment
- Part Three: 12 Images of Japanese American strength & patriotism