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Executive Order 9066: A pox on American history

March 7, 2012
By Ted Rowe , Marshall Independent

Just more than 70 years ago, Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. I believe that order led to one of the most despicable chapters in U. S. history: Internment of Japanese living in the U. S. In 1941 there were approximately 127,000 "Japanese" in the U.S. I put that in quotes because most were not really Japanese at all. Some 80,000 of the 127,000 were actually U.S. citizens. One hundred twelve thousand of the 127,000 lived on the West Coast. The total number of those interned in an Internment Camp was about 110,000. Furthermore, those interned were generally loyal to the U.S. and there was even a company of Japanese/American soldiers who were ultimately sent to serve in the European phase of the war. They served most honorably.



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