In 1942, shortly after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt ordered the relocation of thousands of Japanese Americans to detention centers. The order grew out of fear that they could become spies. Around 117,000 citizens were sent to incarceration camps, many losing their jobs, homes, and property. The internment of Americans of Japanese descent is now viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. Listen to hear a Japanese American woman recall the experience of being uprooted from her home and how a neighbor helped her family.
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