Monday, December 8, 2008

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives

Just days ago, we once again remembered December 7, 1941. The date and historic event changed the lives of millions of people worldwide. The next day, after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the United States and Britain declared war on Japan. Just two months later, one particular group of people, Japanese Americans, would find themselves being evacuated and removed to remote locations by Executive Order 9066, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Nearly 122,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry on the west coast of the United States (but not those in Hawaii) were evacuated from their homes in California, Oregon, and Washington and were sent to "relocation camps." These "Evacuated" families left behind homes, businesses, pets, land, and most of their belongings. Taking only what they could carry. This web site takes a look at these people through their photos, letters, diaries and more. While not specifically genealogical in nature, this site is well worth the time spent to get to know a very special group of people who did nothing to cause their relocation other than being of Japanese descent.
Here's the link.

www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu/jarda/

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