HISTORIC PERSPECTIVE



Introduction


The forced evacuation and incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast of the United States during World War II constitutes a grievous chapter in American history.  Two-thirds were U.S. citizens, second generation Nisei, American born, American educated and American in heart and mind.  No charges were filed, no hearings held- only the vague term “military necessity” was used and all Japanese were condemned as military threats.  This event would undermine the social and economic lives of a population that had been in existence in the United States for generations.