Mass removal ("evacuation")

On March 2, 1942, Public Proclamation No. 1 began to appear on telephone poles and buildings. This was the first official notice Japanese Americans had of their immediate removal from the West Coast. The notices stated that they had six or seven days to prepare, and were to take only what they could carry. They were not told where they would be taken. People rushed to sell or store, in one week, property and belongings acquired over a lifetime. Some families tucked their valuables away in their attic or basement and locked the door, hoping to return soon. On the appointed "evacuation" day, thousands of Japanese Americans gathered at designated locations, with the numbered identification tags they had been issued tied to their coats. Watched by curious onlookers, they were met by armed soldiers and transported in buses, private cars, and trains to sixteen temporary "assembly centers" in California, Washington, Oregon and Arizona.

World War II (231)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (678)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Final Report, Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast, 1942 (book)

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Sunday before (ddr-csujad-55-1278)
doc Sunday before (ddr-csujad-55-1278)
Collection of sermons given by pastors of Japanese ancestry prior to "evacuation." Includes "Foreword", "Preface", "Introduction", "Facing Evacuation", "The Tie That Binds", "Reweaving Our Lives", "The Babylonian Exile and the Love of God", "Abraham, the Migration Leader", "New Pilgrims", and "We Shall Have Our Easter." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Story of the Nittas (ddr-csujad-55-342)
doc Story of the Nittas (ddr-csujad-55-342)
Pamphlet on the story of the Nitta family during World War II. Covers the Nitta's "evacuation", incarceration at Poston, and "resettlement." From verso, "Reprinted from NOW, through co-operation with the Congregational Committee on Christian Democracy from original manuscript supplied by the Reports Division of the War Relocation Authority, Los Angeles, July, 1945." See this object in …
War-time experiences (ddr-csujad-55-2385)
doc War-time experiences (ddr-csujad-55-2385)
Narrative essay describing Hatsuye Nakamura's experience as an individual of Japanese ancestry living in California during the events of World War II. Nakamura describes the evacuation orders and their impact on the community, her experience at Tule Lake and Granada incarceration camps, relocation to Chicago, and eventual return to Marysville, California. See also the narrative essay …
Democracy and Japanese Americans (ddr-csujad-55-344)
doc Democracy and Japanese Americans (ddr-csujad-55-344)
Pamphlet describing "evacuation", incarceration, court cases including Wakayama, Korematsu, Yasui, Hirabayashi, and Kanai, and the civil liberties issues surrounding the treatment of individuals of Japanese descent during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0346
Issei, Nisei, Kibei (ddr-csujad-55-340)
doc Issei, Nisei, Kibei (ddr-csujad-55-340)
Pamphlet covering evacuation, incarceration, loyalty of the Japanese American population, plans for "resettlement", a program to prevent further discrimination, and details on the Hirabayashi case. Includes photographs. Reprinted as "Outcasts! The Story of America's Treatment of Her Japanese-American Minority." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0342
Sociology essay (ddr-csujad-55-1919)
doc Sociology essay (ddr-csujad-55-1919)
Sociology essay written by Toshie Sato for a class assignment at Tri-State High School at Tule Lake incarceration camp. Covers the author's home town environment, impacts of evacuation on the community, and other social issues. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1922
H.R. 442--questions and answers (ddr-csujad-55-89)
doc H.R. 442--questions and answers (ddr-csujad-55-89)
Question and answer sheet covering information about H.R.422 including eligibility, "voluntary evacuees," vesting rights, administration and distribution of funds, procedures, notification, and federal and state laws. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_00093
Nisei Wartime Internment Research Project: report on preliminary findings (ddr-csujad-55-159)
doc Nisei Wartime Internment Research Project: report on preliminary findings (ddr-csujad-55-159)
Report on findings from the Nisei Wartime Internment Research Project by Donna Nagata and Yuzuru Takeshita of the University of Michigan department of psychology. Includes description of the survey group, characteristics of respondents, and presentation of findings on the following topics: communication with parents and children, comfort in talking about the incarceration, reasons for reluctance to …
Letter from Phillip Isenberg, Member of the Assembly, 10th District, August 6, 1985 (ddr-csujad-55-2451)
doc Letter from Phillip Isenberg, Member of the Assembly, 10th District, August 6, 1985 (ddr-csujad-55-2451)
Correspondence from Phillip Isenberg to "Friend" regarding the opening of an exhibit documenting the dismissal of Japanese American employees of the state of California during their forced removal and incarceration during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2557
Relocation of Japanese-Americans (ddr-csujad-55-332)
doc Relocation of Japanese-Americans (ddr-csujad-55-332)
Report by the War Relocation Authority on the "Relocation of Japanese-Americans." Sections include: "Background", "Relocation Program," "Evacuated People," "Relocation Centers," "Student Relocation," and "Conservation of Evacuee Property." Includes photographs. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0334
Notice of claim for property deposited pursuant to alien enemy regulations (ddr-csujad-55-2423)
doc Notice of claim for property deposited pursuant to alien enemy regulations (ddr-csujad-55-2423)
Blank form for former incarcerees to make claims for loss of personal property due to forced removal during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2529
My only crime is my face (ddr-csujad-55-2118)
doc My only crime is my face (ddr-csujad-55-2118)
Clipping from the magazine "Liberty" detailing one Japanese-American woman's experience of being removed from the west coast military zone during World War II and incarcerated in Heart Mountain incarceration camp before relocating to Denver, Colorado with her family. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2221
Evacuation (ddr-csujad-55-2528)
doc Evacuation (ddr-csujad-55-2528)
Booklet containing an illustrated commentary on forced evacuation and incarceration, newspaper clippings, and an essay, "My viewpoint on evacuation." Clippings include "Capt. Crowley tells of heroism of Nisei soldiers," "Shop workers refuse Nisei on the job," "Pfc. Yamamoto awarded medal for gallantry," "Nisei serving armed forces in Japan," "Private Naito's letter to the VFW," "Two Heart …
Identification tag (ddr-csujad-55-1979)
doc Identification tag (ddr-csujad-55-1979)
Suitcase tag and envelope belonging to Akio Adachi. From the Masako Adachi scrapbook, loose materials. See also sac_jaac_1953. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1982
Evacuation claims: itemized statement of personal property (ddr-csujad-55-2410)
doc Evacuation claims: itemized statement of personal property (ddr-csujad-55-2410)
Itemized statement of personal property claims for George Hideo Nakamura. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2516
A Year at Gila Anniversary Booklet (ddr-densho-469-8)
doc A Year at Gila Anniversary Booklet (ddr-densho-469-8)
Includes the legend of Gila, a history of the beginning of the Gila River, facts, and maps of the Gila River, as well as summaries of Gila's River's various organizations, departments, work, and activities.
Letter to Rev. Robert Inglis from Norio Ozaki (ddr-densho-498-14)
doc Letter to Rev. Robert Inglis from Norio Ozaki (ddr-densho-498-14)
Letter of gratitude to Robert Inglis from Norio Ozaki after evacuation.
Nisei Vue Vol. 1 No. 2 (Summer, 1948) (ddr-densho-266-2)
doc Nisei Vue Vol. 1 No. 2 (Summer, 1948) (ddr-densho-266-2)
Selected article titles: "Fukui Earthquake" (p. 5), "Canada Story" (p. 9), "Kawakita Case" (p. 13), United Veterans of Fresno (p. 16), Vanport Flood (p. 19), Good News from Washington (p. 21), The Unified Nisei Vote (p. 22), The Jacl Queen Contest (p. 23), Lilli Ann Oka (p. 28), Nisei Heroes Buried at Oka (p. 30), Care …
Scrapbook of newspaper clipping (ddr-densho-483-100)
doc Scrapbook of newspaper clipping (ddr-densho-483-100)
Loose scrapbook pages containing newspaper and magazine clipping, a press release, and a speech transcript. Selected article titles: Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Seattle Japs return home" (p. 1), "The National Director speaks to residents" (p. 2), "237 Bainbridge Japs leave, head south" (p. 3), "No refunds for japs, says city" (p. 4), "Sad farewells while troops stand by" …
Questions and answers for Evacuees (ddr-densho-410-53)
doc Questions and answers for Evacuees (ddr-densho-410-53)
Booklet issued by WRA for Evacuees in preparation for relocation to camps. Front, inside pages, outside pages
Instruction on Evacuation of Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-410-6)
doc Instruction on Evacuation of Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-410-6)
For Tomoye and Helen Takahashi and Masako Martha Nozawa to relocate to Central Utah WRA camp (Topaz). Back has instructions of behavior during the transfer in English and Japanese.
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