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Relocation Centers of Japanese-AmericansThroughout the spring and summer of 1942 the United States Governmentplanned and carried out without serious incident one of the largest controlled migrations in history This was the migration of almost 110000 men women and children of Japanese decent from their homes on the Pacific coast into ten wartime communities constructed in remote areas between the Sierra-Nevada Mountains and the Mississippi According to the United States Government relocation centers were neverintended to be internment camps or places of confinement Under United States law at thattime Aliens of enemy nationality who are found guilty of acts or intentions against the security of the Nation are to be confined in internment camps Internment camps were administered by the Department of Justice unlike relocation centers which were administered by the War Relocation AuthorityThe physical standards of the relocation centers were never much abovethe bare subsistence level For a small portion of the Japanese evacuees these standardswere an improvement to their normal quality of living But for the majority of the evacuated people the relocation centers despite all efforts to make them livable remained subnormal Evacuees hadfew leave privileges and had to meet certain criteria to do soThe movement of residing evacuees was somewhat restricted and the feeling of isolationThe tarpaper covered barracks of simple frame construction served ashousing in the relocation centers None of the barracks had plumbing or cooking facilities of any kind A normal family of five or six received a single room about 25 by 20 feet Unattached evacuees for example bachelors lived in large one roomdormitories Army blankets cots and
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