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During World War II, internment camps were create to confine Japanese Americans. In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order #9066, which broadly provided for the removal of “enemy aliens” from “military areas.” The order allowed for the internment of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans in ten camps on the West Coast for the duration of the war.
Why Documents Matter: An Interactive Digital Edition is a selection of primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection curated and annotated for K–12 classrooms.
This online exhibition of letters and audio, created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Legacy Project, features correspondence from over 200 years of American conflicts, ranging from the Revolution to the war in Iraq. This exhibition uses the words of famous generals and lesser-known troops, as well as parents, sweethearts, and children, to explore such themes as leaving home, life in the military, the pride and worries of those left behind, and ultimate sacrifice.