New Rotunda Exhibit On Japanese American Internment

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Tule Lake Relocation Camp (John D. Cook papers, Hoover Archives)

Tule Lake Relocation Camp (John D. Cook papers, Hoover Archives)
Tule Lake Relocation Camp (John D. Cook papers, Hoover Archives)

 

Voices from the Archives: Japanese American Internment, 1942–1946, the newest small exhibit to be featured in the Hoover Tower rotunda, commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of presidential Executive Order #9066 on February 19, 1942.  That order laid the foundation for the United States to declare the West Coast a Military Exclusion Zone from which it would “relocate” some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry—both foreign aliens and American citizens—under the guise of “military necessity.”  Voices from both those who worked for the government on the relocation and those who were internees were brought out of the Hoover Archives to help contextualize a still controversial episode in American history. The exhibition opens February 9; admission is free.