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Locating the Site

Map 2: War Relocation Centers in the United States.[Map 2] with link to larger version of Map 2.
(National Park Service)

Questions for Map 2

1. Locate the Manzanar and Rohwer War Relocation Centers. How many centers were there? In what states were they located? Why do you think many Western states refused to allow relocation centers to be built there?

2. Compare this map with a general map of the United States. How are the locations of these centers alike? How are they different?

3. The locations of most of the centers fulfilled the requirements established by the U.S. government: that the site should be on federal or other public land; that it should be a safe distance from strategic war facilities; that it should be large enough to accommodate at least 5,000 people; that it should be able to provide year-round work opportunities for the residents; and that good transportation to the center should be available. Why do you think these requirements were considered important? Can you think of any other requirements that you might consider if you were creating centers like these?

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