Amache: World War II Debate on Citizenship

2022 Guides - Theme: Debate & Diplomacy in History
 Japanese family on their way to the Granada Relocation Center, Camp Amache, Prowers County, southeastern Colorado, includes two women in dresses, heels and bonnets. One holds a baby, and a man in a sweater, tie, eye glasses and a hat, holds a suitcase. The man has a tag on his belt and another on the suitcase.

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Issued by President Franklin Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, this order authorized the evacuation of all persons deemed a threat to national security from the West Coast to relocation centers further inland. In the next 6 months, over 100,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were moved to assembly centers. They were then evacuated to and confined in isolated, fenced, and guarded relocation centers, known as internment camps.
Library of Congress Student Discovery Set brings together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents from the collections of the Library of Congress. Interactive tools let you zoom in for close examination, draw to highlight interesting details, and make notes about what you discover.
National Archives site provides links to primary sources (in addition to Executive Order 9066) and additional background information about Japanese-American interment during World War II.
Began in 1944 this reports document Japanese American internment during World War II. The main focus is on the War Relocation Authority's relocation centers, but Department of Justice and U.S. Army facilities where Japanese Americans were interned are also considered. The original goal of the study was to support legislation for Manzanar National Historic Site. Reprinted with minor corrections July 2000. Chapter 5 reviews Granada Relocation Center.
Amache is maintained by the Amache Preservation Society (APS). With the help of many other organizations, the APS has begun to renovate Amache, particularly the cemetery, and established an Amache Museum.
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Denver (DU) is engaged in long-term community based research at Amache, the site of a World War II Japanese American internment camp in Colorado. Work on this project is on-going so please continue to return to this site for updates.
Report to the President: Japanese-American Internment Sites Preservation, U. S. Department of the Interior, January 2001. Appendix A includes coverage of Granada (Amache) Relocation Center

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