Japanese Americans Walk Through A Processing Center on Way to Internment Camps Ca. 1941
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans living in the western United States were subjected to widespread suspicion and prejudice. At the time, many Americans believed that Japanese Americans were loyal to Japan and could act as spies. The War Department began instituting new rules that barred Japanese Americans from owning radios or other household items. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order that forced Japanese Americans to move into internment camps in the western United States.