Order 9066 Podcast Series

Feb 20, 2018

Law enforcement officers search Japanese aliens that have been taken into custody. The government claimed the roundup was to prevent potential sabotage against the United States during WWII.
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to one of ten "relocation" camps, where they were imprisoned behind barbed wire for the length of the war. Two-thirds of them were American citizens.

From American Public Media, Order 9066 chronicles the history of this incarceration through vivid, first-person accounts of those who lived through it. The series explores how this shocking violation of American democracy came to pass, and its legacy in the present.

You can hear Chapter 1: The Roundup here

Order 9066 will be told in eight chapters. You can subscribe to the podcast through these platforms: