Manzanar--Could it happen again?

In the World

Immigrants from Japan begin coming to the US

1880

Immigrants from Japan begin coming to the US to seek jobs and other opportunities.

Congress passes the Immigration Act

1924

Effectively stops the immigration of Japanese into the US.

Both Germany & Japan Attack their Neighbors

1931 - 1938

Although Americans were upset by this, they did not want to get into a war in Europe or Asia.

Japan and Germany sign the Anti-Comintern Pact

11/25/1936

Fascist Italy joins the the Anti-Comintern Pact

1937

US Establishes Lend-Lease Program

March, 1941

This program supports the "Allies" in their war against Germany, Italy and Japan (aka the "Axis").

Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor

12/07/1941

FDR Signs Executive Order 9066

2/19/1942

Authorizes the military to remove any or all persons from the West Coast--especially those of Japanese Ancestry.

Rosie Maruki

Rosie Maruki arrives at Manzanar

5/6/1942

Rosie was 16 when she boarded the train that brought her to Manzanar with her father, mother, sister and brother.

Hikoji Takeuchi

Hikoji Takeuchi arrives at Manzanar

5/9/1942

Hijoki and his family take a train from Los Angeles to Manzanar. "The trip to Manzanar was my first train ride," he said. "We were not allowed to raise the blinds or windows. It was very uncomfortable."

Pete Mitsui

Pete Mitsui arrives at Manzanar

05/1942

Pete Mitsui comes to Manzanar with his parents, brother and sister.

Yoshiye Togasaki

Yoshiye Togasaki arrives at Manzanar to set up the Medical Unit

03/1942

Having just opened her own medical practice when the Japanese dropped the bomb at Pearl Harbor, Yoshiye agreed to go to Manzanar to prepare a medical unit for the thousands of people who were about to arrive.

Kango Takamura

Born in Japan

1895

Moves to Hawai'i

1912

Moves to mainland US

1922

Moves to mainland US to pursue a career in the motion picture industry. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, he was working in Hollywood as a photo retoucher for RKO Studios.

Kango Takamura arrives at Manzanar

6/15/1942

Kango is released after being questioned by the FBI about the sale of a camera. He joins his family at Manzanar.

Joan DaValle

Born in Los Angeles, CA

1930

Joan DaValle arrives at Manzanar

09/1942

Twelve-year-old Joan DaValle Beyers came to Manzanar with her mother and sister.

In Manzanar

Population Peaks

09/22/1942

The internee population reaches its peak of 10,046.

Manzanar Cooperative Enterprises established

10/01/1942

The cooperative includes check cashing services, a general store, a barber shop, a beauty parlor, and mail order service. It grows into a million-dollar-a-year enterprise.

First internees volunteer for military

11/15/1942

The first two volunteers for the Army leave Manzanar for Camp Savage, Minnesota. Forty others eventually volunteer.