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In spring of 1942 immediately after the United States entered war with Japan the Federal government instructed a policy where hundreds of thousands of people of Japanese ancestry were evacuated into relocation camps Many agree that the United States government was not justified with their treatment towards the Japanese during World War II This Japanese-American experience of incarceration is believed to be unconstitutional demonstrating racism and causing social and economic hardships for the evacuees The location of one of the camps in California Manzanar was representative of the atmosphere of racial prejudice mistrust and fear that resulted in American citizens being uprooted from their homes denied their constitutional rights and with neither accusation indictment nor conviction moved to remote relocation camps for most of the duration of the war Daniels et al 1986 p148As the Japanese people were being removed from the West Coast it was obvious that some economic loss would occur In a movement of this kindit was probably inevitable that some mistakes would be made and that some people would suffer qtd In Daniels et al 1986 p163 After the bombing of Pearl Harbor the Japanese lost a lot of money and personal property through forced panic sales Failure to protect the property of aliens by the Department of Justice during their evacuation resulted in distress and The evacuees were required to signed a property form stating that no liability or responsibility shall be assumed by the Federal Reserve Bankfor any act or omission in connection with its the propertys disposition qtd In Thomas 1946 p 15 This policy encouraged the liquidation of property and led many Japanese merchants and businessmen to sell their property at ridiculous prices or to place them in storage at their own expense and risk Buyers were unwilling to pay reasonable prices for their properties because they were fully aware of the fact that a sale would have to be made at any price if the owner
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