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.

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

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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.
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" …
Scrapbook of newspaper clipping (ddr-densho-483-95)
doc Scrapbook of newspaper clipping (ddr-densho-483-95)
Loose scrapbook pages containing newspaper and magazine clipping, bulletins, program, school essay, photograph, and ephemera. Selected article titles and additional contents: Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Bainbridge Japs prepare to leave" (p. 1), "Tired old woodenface sets new attendance record" (p. 3), Hunt High School Commencement Program (p. 4), "Prober Dies would find dust but no 'coddling' at center" …
doc "Evacuation - American Style" (ddr-densho-423-158)
Reprinted from Journal of Social Work reviewing the progress and problems of the early stages of evacuation, "Property of M. Nozawa" written inside front cover.
doc "Exclusion Act - 1942 Model" (ddr-densho-423-152)
Article by Clarence W. Hall for The Christian Advocate, criticizing the Exclusion act and its impact of Japanese Americans
doc "Democracy and Japanese Americans" (ddr-densho-423-157)
Transcription of pamphlet by Norman Thomas, published by the Post War World Council, criticizing the incarceration and identifying actions to take to protest. Includes letter of support signed by prominent civil rights activists, lawyers, writers and pastors who opposed incarceration: Helen Marston Beardsley, Ernest Besig, John Dos Passos, Harry Emerson Fosdick, Esther Fiske Hammond, Arthur Garfield …
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