The Post Road Library will bring World War II history to life Feb. 7-28 by hosting an exhibit in conjunction with the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University.
The exhibit, “The Tragedy of War: Japanese American Internment,” will examine the United States’ policy of internment of Japanese people in WWII.
“The Museum develops traveling exhibits like this one to provide context for some of the more complex stories of World War II,” Forsyth County Public Library Program Manager Laura Bradley said. “Last year, we partnered with the museum to display an exhibit called ‘Beyond Rosie: Women in World War II.’ This year, the exhibit will focus on the internment of Japanese Americans.”
“The Tragedy of War” examines the injustice Japanese-Americans faced by telling their stories and asking questions.
In 1941, even before the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered an investigation of Japanese-Americans living in Hawaii and on the West Coast.
Government authorities worried that Japanese residents were disloyal and might help in the event of a Japanese invasion of the United States.
However, in November 1941, a month before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt was given a report that said there was no “Japanese problem” and that Japanese-Americans were, in fact, quite loyal to the United States.
However, with the support of Congress and the Supreme Court, Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, authorizing the forced removal of approximately 120,000 ethnic Japanese from their homes, businesses and communities.
They were forced into camps and to live under supervision of armed guards.
About two-thirds of those forced into the internment camps were American citizens.
A study guide is available online for students in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in the subject.