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Past Grantee List, California Civil Liberties Program 1998-2011
Past projects from the first decade of the program that resulted in books, films, curriculum, etc., have been cataloged at the California State Library. Not every California Civil Liberties Program project resulted in a tangible product that could be included in the California State Library catalog, but we have a comprehensive list below.
To search for a specific project from the list, enter the project number in the search box next to "Type word or phrase" on this page of the catalog.
History of the Internment
Prior to World War II, California was home to more Japanese Americans than any other state. On February 19, 1942, just weeks after the United States entered the war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, giving the Secretary of War the authority “to exclude any and all persons, citizens, and aliens from designated areas in order to provide for security against sabotage and espionage. …” As a result of this executive order, the lives of thousands of Californians were affected.
Over 120,000 U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry and permanent resident aliens from Japan were removed from their homes by the Army and first taken to "assembly centers," which were temporary quarters at racetracks and fairgrounds. They were later taken to "relocation camps," which were bleak barrack camps, mostly in desolate areas of the West. Some families spent years living under these conditions and suffered enormous personal and economic losses.