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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Pvt. Bill Kobayashi throwing a football (ddr-densho-463-23)
img Pvt. Bill Kobayashi throwing a football (ddr-densho-463-23)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Pvt. Bill Kobayashi "alt form," caught in the act of passing an foot ball [sic].
Pvt. Bill Kobayashi standing outside barracks (ddr-densho-463-24)
img Pvt. Bill Kobayashi standing outside barracks (ddr-densho-463-24)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Bill, Taken in Dec. 1944 while he was awaiting in [sic] induction notice.
James Komoto and friends at Tule Lake (ddr-densho-463-166)
img James Komoto and friends at Tule Lake (ddr-densho-463-166)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Me [James Komoto], Shig, Tad, Harry, Haruo, Sut; Taken 1943 Tule Lake; Tad first Furlough to Camp.
Man in sweater (ddr-densho-463-60)
img Man in sweater (ddr-densho-463-60)
A man in a letterman sweater, possibly playing a game of basketball.
Emi Taketa stands outside the Taketa apartment (ddr-densho-463-45)
img Emi Taketa stands outside the Taketa apartment (ddr-densho-463-45)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Miss Emi Taketa, Taken in front of her apartment, October 1944, Before Relocating to Minidoka.
James Komoto with Pvt. Narita and friends (ddr-densho-463-123)
img James Komoto with Pvt. Narita and friends (ddr-densho-463-123)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Ben, me [James Komoto], Shoji, Kini, Mr. Murato, Hiram, Yasu, Geo, Bill, Harry, TD; "What's you [sic] doing, Harry;" "Look [sic] Like His special cigs."
Minidoka Gals (ddr-densho-463-7)
img Minidoka Gals (ddr-densho-463-7)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Don't know who they all are but sure would like to know. Minidoka gals, March 1944.
Pvt. Haruo
img Pvt. Haruo "Harrison" Arai portrait (ddr-densho-463-25)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: "Harrison," Pvt. Haruo Arai, Taken in the States, 1944.
Pvt. Harry Taketa portrait (ddr-densho-463-31)
img Pvt. Harry Taketa portrait (ddr-densho-463-31)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Pvt. Harry Taketa, Block 2, Taken while out on Rail road [sic], 1944.
Benny outside Block 12 (ddr-densho-463-33)
img Benny outside Block 12 (ddr-densho-463-33)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Benny, Taken in Block 12, "Shine Them Teeth, Boy."
Haruko, Yayeko, Helen, Ami, and others (ddr-densho-463-39)
img Haruko, Yayeko, Helen, Ami, and others (ddr-densho-463-39)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Haruko, Yayeko, Helen, Ami, ?, ?, ?; Taken in front of Mikami; Sept. 1944.
Shoji Ichikawa in a letterman sweater (ddr-densho-463-65)
img Shoji Ichikawa in a letterman sweater (ddr-densho-463-65)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Shoji Ichikawa. Taken in front of our place in March 1945; Natiee, his two stripe and star letter man [sic] sweater.
Helen, Yoshiko, Helen, Pat, and Ruth (ddr-densho-463-125)
img Helen, Yoshiko, Helen, Pat, and Ruth (ddr-densho-463-125)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Helen, Yoshiko, Helen, Pat, Ruth; They finally poise [sic] after a half hour of coaxing.
Harry in his zoot suit (ddr-densho-463-59)
img Harry in his zoot suit (ddr-densho-463-59)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Harry in his "zoot" past and his flashy bow tie before his departure to Cleveland, March 1945.
Yoshiko, Ruth, Pat, and Helen (ddr-densho-463-133)
img Yoshiko, Ruth, Pat, and Helen (ddr-densho-463-133)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Yoshiko, Ruth, Pat, Helen; "Look pretty there, Helen."
Bill Kobayashi sitting inside a barrack (ddr-densho-463-26)
img Bill Kobayashi sitting inside a barrack (ddr-densho-463-26)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Bill, Taken in side [sic] 2-17-D in one of his rare quiet moments, "Thinking."
Teddy outside an apartment (ddr-densho-463-86)
img Teddy outside an apartment (ddr-densho-463-86)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Teddy [likely Ted Komoto], March 1945.
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