Two thirds of the Japanese Americans interned at Manzanar were under the age of 18. Today, Manzanar is very relevant to children as we introduce ideas about civil liberties and what it means to be an American. We encourage families and school groups to visit Manzanar and share this experience with young people.
Manzanar: Desert Diamonds Behind Barbed Wire
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Did You Know?
Hours after Pearl Harbor the Hawaiian territorial governor declared martial law. With the exception of about 2,000 people confined in Hawaii or on the mainland, Japanese Americans were not forcibly removed from the islands. They comprised one-third of the population and their labor was essential for the war effort.