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“Farewell to Manzanar” Focus of California Reads in Fresno

In 1942 the United States adopted Executive Order No. 9066, calling for the forcible exclusion of Japanese Americans from the West Coast through detention in internment camps.  This order affected more than 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent who were interned for nearly three years during World War II. 
Detainee at Manzanar Internment Camp by Ansel Adams
Detainee at Manzanar Internment Camp by Ansel Adams

Fresno County is the only part of California where there were two assembly centers for local Japanese Americans ordered to relocate to internment camps.  Thousands of residents were brought to these camps for processing before being sent on to permanent camps in other states.  For those rounded up for internment, the experience was life changing.  No longer accorded the rights that they expected and deserved as Americans, those imprisoned now symbolize the potential for democracy itself to be eroded in time of uncertainty and crisis.    Continue reading “Farewell to Manzanar” Focus of California Reads in Fresno