Over the next few months I’m going to post links and research notes about the history that serves as a back drop for Take What You Can Carry. The book is structured as two interlocking narratives, one of which tells the story of a 12 year-old Japanese American boy who is relocated to an internment camp in the first few months of WW2.
On February 19th, 1942, then president Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing military authorities to exclude civilians from any area without trial or hearing. This order paved the way for the internment of approximately 110,000 Japanese-American citizens and Japanese living along the Pacific coast of the United States. Some families were forced to leave with as little as 48 hours of notice, resulting in a tremendous loss of property.
Follow this link for a good timeline of the experiences of Japanese in America, leading up to and including the WW2 internment: (HERE)