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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Pat and Helen (ddr-densho-463-37)
img Pat and Helen (ddr-densho-463-37)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Pat, Helen, "Blame it on the camera," Sept. 1944.
Fumi Taketa in a rock garden (ddr-densho-463-69)
img Fumi Taketa in a rock garden (ddr-densho-463-69)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Miss Fumi Taketa, Taken 1944, in front of the rock garden.
Ruth, Helen, Yoshiko, and Helen (ddr-densho-463-134)
img Ruth, Helen, Yoshiko, and Helen (ddr-densho-463-134)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Ruth, Helen, Yoshiko, Helen; "What's you [sic] looking for."
Rosie stands on porch steps (ddr-densho-463-48)
img Rosie stands on porch steps (ddr-densho-463-48)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Rosie [likely Rosie Komoto], Feb. 194[4 or 5].
Man stands next to a gravel road (ddr-densho-463-207)
img Man stands next to a gravel road (ddr-densho-463-207)
A man, possibly James Komoto, stands next to a gravel road.
Group of men at Heart Mountain (ddr-densho-463-202)
img Group of men at Heart Mountain (ddr-densho-463-202)
James Komoto is possibly the last man on the right with his brother Ted standing to his right. The first man on the left is possibly George Komoto.
James Komoto with Hiram and George (ddr-densho-463-28)
img James Komoto with Hiram and George (ddr-densho-463-28)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Me, Hiram, Geo [likely George Komoto], "Three Musketeers," April 1945.
Harry Taketa at Heart Mountain (ddr-densho-463-132)
img Harry Taketa at Heart Mountain (ddr-densho-463-132)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Harry Taketa, "Fat stuff," "Always Eating," Kuni playing H.T.G..
George and Pvt. Narita (ddr-densho-463-126)
img George and Pvt. Narita (ddr-densho-463-126)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Geo [likely George Komoto] And Pvt. Narita, "Blank, move the camera."
Woman outside a barrack (ddr-densho-463-101)
img Woman outside a barrack (ddr-densho-463-101)
A woman, possibly James' sister Satoye, standing outside a barrack.
Tuck, Jeff, and Harry outside Block 1 (ddr-densho-463-35)
img Tuck, Jeff, and Harry outside Block 1 (ddr-densho-463-35)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Tuck, Jeff, Harry; Taken in Block 1; Sept. 1944.
George Taketa and Harry (ddr-densho-463-57)
img George Taketa and Harry (ddr-densho-463-57)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: George and Harry, March 1945, Taken on the date of Harry [sic] Departure.
Shoji Ichikawa (ddr-densho-463-139)
img Shoji Ichikawa (ddr-densho-463-139)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Shoji Ichikawa, "Look out, boy."
Emi Taketa in a rock garden (ddr-densho-463-70)
img Emi Taketa in a rock garden (ddr-densho-463-70)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Miss Emi Taketa, same [Taken 1944, in front of the rock garden].
Rosie Ichishita outside Block 2 (ddr-densho-463-47)
img Rosie Ichishita outside Block 2 (ddr-densho-463-47)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Rosie Ichishita, Block 2, Feb. 194[indecipherable].
George outside an apartment (ddr-densho-463-85)
img George outside an apartment (ddr-densho-463-85)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: George [likely George Komoto], March 1945.
Kiyo Nagakawa standing outside (ddr-densho-463-12)
img Kiyo Nagakawa standing outside (ddr-densho-463-12)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Miss Kiyo Nagakawa, April 1945.
Frank outside the T. Komoto apartment (ddr-densho-463-84)
img Frank outside the T. Komoto apartment (ddr-densho-463-84)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Frank [likely Frank Komoto], Sept. 1944.
Yosh Nagai and George Taketa (ddr-densho-463-58)
img Yosh Nagai and George Taketa (ddr-densho-463-58)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Yosh Nagai, George Taketa, Taken sometime in 1944.
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