Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II
Feb
17
to Feb 17

Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II

  • National Museum of American History (map)
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Exhibit Dates: February 17, 2017 – February 19, 2018
After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the United States entered a war in Europe and the Pacific, the nation was overcome by shock, anger, and fear—a fear exaggerated by long-standing anti-Asian prejudice. Ten weeks later President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, under which nearly 75,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry were taken into custody. Another 45,000 Japanese nationals living in the United States (but long denied citizenship because of their race) were also incarcerated. Some forty years later, members of the Japanese American community led the nation to confront the wrong it had done—and to make it right.

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Executive Order 9066
Feb
17
to Feb 19

Executive Order 9066

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Exhibit Dates: February 17, 2017 – February 19, 2018
February 19, 2017, is the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. This three-page document signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the course of history for a segment of Americans of Japanese ancestry in America, and challenged the constitutional rights of these Americans. The National Museum of American History will commemorate the event through an exhibition marking its anniversary.

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EXCLUSION: The Presidio's Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration
Apr
1
to Mar 1

EXCLUSION: The Presidio's Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration

  • Presidio Officers’ Club, Presidio’s Main Post (map)
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Exhibit Dates: April 2017 - March 2018
This is a free, year-long special exhibition held in the historic Presidio Officers’ Club. EXCLUSION: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration describes the pivotal role that the Presidio played in the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. This is the fourth special exhibition to be held at the Presidio Officers’ Club. These annual exhibitions explore how and why the past matters and inspire civic engagement by fostering an understanding of the ways the Presidio’s heritage is relevant today.

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‘Then They Came for Me’
Jul
6
to Nov 19

‘Then They Came for Me’

This exhibition examines a dark episode in U.S. history when, in the name of national security, the government incarcerated 120,000 citizens and legal residents during World War II without due process or other constitutional protections to which they were entitled. Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, set in motion the forced removal and imprisonment of all people of Japanese ancestry living on or near the West Coast. 

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