Concentration camps

The War Relocation Authority (WRA) oversaw construction of ten concentration camps in sparsely populated and isolated areas. Between June and October 1942, Japanese Americans were transferred from the "assembly centers" to the larger camps. Housing approximately 120,000 people, the camps were designed to be self-contained communities, complete with hospitals, post offices, schools, warehouses, and residential areas. The WRA attempted to establish normalcy by setting up newspapers, a degree of self-government, sports leagues, and social events. But confinement, monotony, and harsh conditions exacerbated tensions between pro- and anti-camp administration residents and between the disempowered Issei and their U.S.-born Nisei children. At several centers, conflicts erupted into violence and at the Manzanar concentration camp the unrest resulted in fatal shootings. The WRA gradually granted work and school leave to those they considered "loyal." The last camp closed in March 1946.

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Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Concentration Camps, U.S.A. (book), Gila River, Heart Mountain, Jerome, Manzanar, Minidoka, Poston (Colorado River), Psychological effects of camp, Rohwer, Sites of incarceration, Topaz, Tule Lake

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Heart Mountain Block 2 (ddr-densho-463-3)
img Heart Mountain Block 2 (ddr-densho-463-3)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Heart Mountain, Block 2.
Elsie
img Elsie "Suzie" Koshiyama standing outside barracks (ddr-densho-463-20)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Miss Elsie "Suzie" Koshiyama, April 1945.
James Komoto and friends beside the Shoshone River (ddr-densho-463-49)
img James Komoto and friends beside the Shoshone River (ddr-densho-463-49)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Country Club; Me [James Komoto], [indecipherable], Naki, Marsh, Kay, Jes, Harry, Tuck, Ben [indecipherable]; Taken by Shoshone River in May 1944.
Yogore Taketa in front of the Taketa apartment (ddr-densho-463-72)
img Yogore Taketa in front of the Taketa apartment (ddr-densho-463-72)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Yogore Taketa; "Look out, Boy;" 1944.
Kiyo Nakakawa outside Block 23 (ddr-densho-463-41)
img Kiyo Nakakawa outside Block 23 (ddr-densho-463-41)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Miss Kiyo Nagakawa, Taken in Block 23, April 1945.
Pat Sakaguchi and the Block 9 Girls (ddr-densho-463-124)
img Pat Sakaguchi and the Block 9 Girls (ddr-densho-463-124)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Miss Pat Sakaguchi, "Natural Poise," Block 9 girls and Kimi H. in the background.
Block 74 gang (ddr-densho-463-167)
img Block 74 gang (ddr-densho-463-167)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Block 74 Gang back... Tule Lake, Taken in Sept. 1943.
George Igawa on a tractor (ddr-densho-463-99)
img George Igawa on a tractor (ddr-densho-463-99)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Igawa, "What's you doing Geo?," "Caught in the act."
George Taketa outside barracks (ddr-densho-463-71)
img George Taketa outside barracks (ddr-densho-463-71)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Mr. George Taketa, Lover "H.T.G.," 1944.
Ted and Harry Takata outside a barrack (ddr-densho-463-98)
img Ted and Harry Takata outside a barrack (ddr-densho-463-98)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Ted [likely Ted Komoto] and Harry Takata.
Rosie and Kimi (ddr-densho-463-63)
img Rosie and Kimi (ddr-densho-463-63)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Rosie [likely Rosie Komoto], Kimi, March 1945.
Group posing outside a building (ddr-densho-463-153)
img Group posing outside a building (ddr-densho-463-153)
Identification from ddr-densho-363-59: Front row- Emi, Alice, Unidentified, Unidentified, June; Back row- Jim, Mae, Mr. Kobayashi, Sanomi, Kimi Komoto.
James Komoto and friends getting ready to pose (ddr-densho-463-51)
img James Komoto and friends getting ready to pose (ddr-densho-463-51)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Me [James Komoto], Harry, Geo, Geo [likely George Komoto], Harry; "Getting ready to pose," May 1944.
Young men waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-463-128)
img Young men waiting for the bus (ddr-densho-463-128)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Waiting for the bus, "Don't look at Hiram's right hand."
Harry and Bill (ddr-densho-463-129)
img Harry and Bill (ddr-densho-463-129)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Harry and Bill, worling [sic] glasses on Harry, sure do need them.
Kanio H. and Bob K. watch a game (ddr-densho-463-97)
img Kanio H. and Bob K. watch a game (ddr-densho-463-97)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Kanio H. watches the game, Bob K.
Toni Nakanishi outside a barrack (ddr-densho-463-16)
img Toni Nakanishi outside a barrack (ddr-densho-463-16)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Miss Toni Nakanishi, taken in 2-14-A, March 1945, Before Relocating to [indecipherable].
Pa at Heart Mountain (ddr-densho-463-61)
img Pa at Heart Mountain (ddr-densho-463-61)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: PA [Tsuruichi Komoto], March 1945.
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