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Table of Incarcerated Japanese Populations, 1942-1946

The U.S. government forced more than 100,000 Japanese Americans to leave their homes and businesses on the West Coast and report to one of fifteen assembly centers. At these centers they were first processed and then transported by train to one of ten permanent relocation centers, or camps, hundreds or even thousands of miles from their homes. The War Relocation Authority (WRA) was in charge of relocation and detention of the incarcerated persons.

Source | Adapted from Jeffery F. Burton, Mary M. Farrell, Florence B. Lord, and Richard W. Lord, Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites, Western Archeological and Conservation Center, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior Publications in Anthropology 74 1999 (rev. July 2000).
Creator | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
Item Type | Quantitative Data
Cite This document | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, “Table of Incarcerated Japanese Populations, 1942-1946,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed February 21, 2024,

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