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Japanese internment broadside

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06360 Author/Creator: Place Written: Los Angeles, California Type: Broadside Date: 3 May 1942 Pagination: 1 p. ; 33.6 x 21.6 cm. Order a Copy

This broadside, printed in Los Angeles, ordered "all persons of Japanese ancestry" to assemble for transport to detention camps. The document gives specific directions to families about what they could take with them-household and personal items limited to "that which can be carried by the individual or family group."

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