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Make it Manzanar. By David Toyoshima


Peaceful Paradise

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“For their protection”—one of the many rationales made by the U.S. Government for relocating Japanese Americans to internment camps. Propaganda from the War Department said JAs faced probable retaliation from hate groups as Imperial Japan had become“the enemy.” Such camps were “safe zones” where JAs could live peacefully without
outside harassment. Perhaps. However, armed guard towers had their machine
guns pointed inwards, rather than outwards.

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