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 (215)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (240)

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

240 items
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-4)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-4)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing, school, paperwork and the imminent mass removal of the Japanese American community from Washington.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-5)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-5)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing mass removal and the need to sell their car. Also included, a document for the lost title and registration cards.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-6)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-6)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing daily life, mass removal to Puyallup "Camp Harmony" Assembly Center asking about life at Fort Missoula, and requesting more letters from him.
Letter sent to Kayuko Uno at Pinedale Assembly Center (ddr-densho-324-70)
doc Letter sent to Kayuko Uno at Pinedale Assembly Center (ddr-densho-324-70)
Correspondence from Carl Prato regarding management of the Uno's farm while they were incarcerated.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-8)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-8)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing plans for their removal and how they had to quit school after being banned from going into the city limits.
Letter sent to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-71)
doc Letter sent to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-71)
Correspondence from Carl Prato regarding sale of the Uno's farm and equipment.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-7)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-7)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter requesting power of attorney to sell their belongings before being removed.
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 30 (April 22, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-16)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 30 (April 22, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-16)
"NVC to Show 442nd Film" (p. 1), "U.S. Navy Now Admits Nisei" (p. 1), "Three Judges Hear Case of Mrs. Bouiss" (p. 1), "Two Wholesale Evacuations: American and Canadian" (p. 2).
A Tule Lake Interlude (ddr-densho-291-1)
doc A Tule Lake Interlude (ddr-densho-291-1)
This collection of poems and stories related to life in Tule Lake was published on concentration camp's first anniversary.
Gidra, Vol. I, No. 6 (September 1969) (ddr-densho-297-6)
doc Gidra, Vol. I, No. 6 (September 1969) (ddr-densho-297-6)
Selected article titles: "Isaac Honored" (p. 1), "Birth of Amerasia" (p. 1), "Hoover's Yellow Peril" (p. 2), "Dawn of Awakening" (p. 2), "UCLA Sells Out" (p. 5), "Potential for What" (p. 5), "The Failure of Democracy in a Time of Crisis" (p. 6-7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 83, No. 11 (September 10, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-36)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 83, No. 11 (September 10, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-36)
Selected article titles: "Congress Repeals Evacuation Law" (p. 1), "VFW Urges Reparations" (p. 1), "Evacuees Perpetuate Gov. Carr" (pp. 1, 3), and "From the Frying Pan: Gov. Carr Memorial" (p. 2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2027 (January 26, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-3)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2027 (January 26, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-3)
Selected article titles: "I. Magnin, Joseph Magnin Urging Kenzo Label Change" (p. 1), "Yankee Samurai: Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacific Victory" (pp. 1, 9-12), "Japan's Pearl Harbor Spy Saw Evacuation as 'Cruel Joke'" (p. 2), and "Min Yasui Letters: From the Multnomah Jail" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2057 (August 24, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2057 (August 24, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-33)
Selected article titles: "Viet Refugee-Texas Crabbers Clash Over Fishing Sites" (pp. 1, 3), "100 Boat People Rescued by French Tanker Lands in Japan" (p. 3), "Question and Answer Sheet: How About the Blessings of Evacuation?" (pp. 5, 7), and "Moshi Moshi: Tackling the Fuel Shortage" (p. 8).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2046 (June 8,  1979) (ddr-pc-51-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2046 (June 8, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-22)
Select article titles: "Ruled as 'Adequate Rep' in Class Action Suit vs. WSU" (pp. 1, 5), "Plaque Dedicated at Tule Lake Campsite" (p. 1), "JACL Suports Boycott of Squibb to Fight 'Opium'" (pp. 1, 7), and "Echoes from Shiroyama: Kashiwabara: Was the Evacuation Good or Bad?" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 19 (November 5, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-44)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 19 (November 5, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-44)
Selected article titles: "Gardena Rescinds Its 1942 'Evacuation' Resolution" (p. 1), "A-Bomb Survivor Returns to Nagasaki for Medical Care" (pp. 1, 5), "Redress Sought for JAs Fired by L.A. County During WW2" (p. 1), and "Former WRA Director Dillon S. Meyer Dies" (p. 1).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 15 (October 8, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-40)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 15 (October 8, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-40)
Selected article titles: "Government Used Census Data to Intern Nikkei, Says Toland" (pp. 1, 5), "Journalists Trade Views After U.S.-Japan Exchange Program" (p. 2), "East Wind: A 'Rashomon' View of Nisei Week Queens" (p. 5), and "Seattle Church Heads for Japan Museum" (p. 6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 7 (August 13, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-32)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 7 (August 13, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-32)
Selected article titles: "As Trade Tensions Increase, Japan Wary of Scapegoating" (p. 1), "Whaling Ban Adds Problems to Strained U.S.-Japan Relations" (pp. 1, 8), and "Newspapers & Warren" (pp. 4-5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 4 (July 23, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 4 (July 23, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-29)
Selected article titles: "U.S. Appellate Court Rules INS Raids Violate Constitutional Rights" (pp. 1, 3), "Kokekokko: 'Japanese Camps'" (p. 6), "Inouye's 6 Steps to Reduce Tensions for War" (p. 8), and "Chief Justice Warren and the Japanese Detention Cases" (pp. 8, 12).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 10 (September 3, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-35)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 10 (September 3, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-35)
Selected article titles: "Revised WW2 History Becomes Japanese Foreign Policy Issue" (pp. 1, 8), "Lobbying Effort Sought to Keep 5th Preference in Immigrant Law" (pp. 1, 8), "After 40 Yrs., Fresno Bee Takes New Stand on WW2 Evacuation" (p. 2), and "From Happy Valley: In Praise of Issei Women" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 18 (October 29, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-43)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 18 (October 29, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-43)
Selected article titles: "Coroner Noguchi's Case Due Final Oral Arguments" (p. 1), "Portuguese-Japanese Festa-Matsuri Slated Nov. 19-20" (p. 3), and "Warren and the Newspapers" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 21 (November 19, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-46)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 21 (November 19, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-46)
Selected article titles: "Census Director Denies Stats Were Used to Intern Nikkei" (pp. 1, 5), "Payment for Fired Nikkei L.A. County Workers Passes" (p. 1), "Another 'Relocation'" (pp. 4-5), and "From the Frying Pan: Memorializing the Heart Mountain Camp" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 19 (May 15, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-19)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 19 (May 15, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-19)
Selected article titles: "Japan Names Nikkei Honorees" (p. 1), "Asian Groups Vow to Prevent Future 'Vincent Chin' Cases" (pp. 1, 8), "Government Still Denies Constitutional Violations, Author Drinnon Says" (pp. 1, 3), and "Jennings: AA Journalists Can Link Cultures" (p. 8).
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