Researchers uncover internment camp where people of Japanese heritage were held during WWII

  • Article by: NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 27, 2013 - 1:55 AM

Deep in the mountains of northern Idaho, miles from the nearest town, lies evidence of a little-known portion of a shameful chapter of American history.

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holderstinksJul. 26, 13 2:52 PM

What's so shameful about locking up the enemy during times of war?

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barbjensJul. 27, 13 7:27 AM

If you believe it was not shameful, then why did we not lock up ALL of the people with German ancestry??:??

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joshua77Jul. 27, 13 2:52 PM

Because the Germans didn't bomb Pearl Harbor. Germans came to America to get away from Hitler.

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hermajestyJul. 27, 13 4:30 PM

joshua77:"Because the Germans didn't bomb Pearl Harbor. Germans came to America to get away from Hitler."--Not necessarily. There were Nazi sympathizers among German immigrants. Google "German-American Bund" if you don't believe me. See the pictures of their rallies. The difference was that German-Americans and Italian-Americans had to actually DO something illegal to be interned.

You may not be aware that the U.S. as a whole was racist against Asians prior to World War II. Asians were forbidden to immigrate to the U.S. under the Asian Exclusion Act of 1924, and Asian immigrants could not become citizens, no matter how long they had lived here, even if they spoke good English and had lived exemplary lives.

Most of the interned people in their 20s and all of the teen-agers had been born in the U.S. They were American citizens by birth, imprisoned strictly because of their ethnic background, considered guilty without charges or trial.

They were forced to leave everything behind, carrying only two suitcases per person, and their white neighbors and business competitors were only too happy to buy their assets for pennies on the dollar. In Los Angeles, they were kept in horse stables at the racetrack until the camps could be built out in the desert. They lived in wooden barracks, two or three families per building.

By the way, if Pearl Harbor was the reason for the internment, why weren't the Japanese in Hawaii interned?

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