On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave the Secretary of War the authority to designate "military areas from which to exclude certain people." As a result, over 120,000 Japanese-Americans were removed to relocation camps all over the United States for much of World War II. This site, developed by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Public History program and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, offers a nicely composed historical overview to the human experience within the two relocation camps in Arkansas during World War II. The design of the site is particularly inviting, as each section appears as a manila folder, on top of a well-worn wooden table. A history section offers a brief overview of the internment of Japanese Americans across the country, along with a timeline that provides details on the history of the Arkansas camps. A multimedia section allows visitors to view the current site of the former camps and to browse through a scrapbook of archive photographs of daily life in the camps. This site will be an excellent resource for educators and students seeking information about this tragic episode in American history.
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