Manzanar: Japanese Internment Camp

The U.S. Park Service established an historic site here in 1992. This camp held 10,000 innocent Japanese Americans. In 1973, a plaque had already been erected here that captures the feelings associated with these camps. How does this site look today? Some of the Japanese Americans remained in the areas where they had been interned: visit a Japanese flower farm outside of Phoenix, AZ.

Tour the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Answers: the plaque on the gate house cites hysteria, racism, and economic exploitation of Japanese Americans, most of whom were born in the United States and therefore were citizens. The rest were prohibited by U.S. law from becoming citizens. The US constitution did not protect the Japanese Americans from the prejudice and power of the Presidency and Congress -- a lesson to be remembered for future events, such as fighting "terrorism."