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Interview with James Rowe, Assistant to the Attorney General

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Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians Collection

Interview with James Rowe, Assistant to the Attorney General. Rowe describes how Executive Order 9066 came about. The Justice Department had been opposed to evacuation but after a meeting with the War Department, Attorney General Francis Biddle changed his mind to support 9066. Rowe and others disagreed with this, but went along with 9066 to keep their jobs. Rowe claims that if Biddle had not changed his mind, total evacuation would not have happened and that the army "folded under pressure" after 9066 was made public.

15-Oct-42

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Courtesy of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians

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