Correspondence, primarily of Lincoln Kanai, governmental documents, pamphlets and bulletins relating to the relocation and
internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans during WWII.
Ten weeks after the United States declared war, President Roosevelt signed Executive order 9066 which gave the Secretary of
War and military commanders the power to exclude any persons from designated areas, primarily along the west coast, in order
to secure national defense. From December 7, 1941 until September 29, 1947 both Japanese and Japanese Americans were evacuated
from the areas in which they lived and forced to relocate to designated relocation camps where they were detained. This was
primarily overseen by the War Relocation Authority. Protest against Japanese and Japanese American internment, most commonly
came in the form of court challenges to curfew and relocation. One of the more well known cases of protest was that of Lincoln
Kanai, a U.S. citizen who failed to leave San Francisco after the order to evacuate was made mandatory for Japanese Americans
or the Nisei generation.
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