The Horror of Japanese-American Incarceration

The dark history of Executive Order 9066

Stephanie Hinnershitz
Arc Digital
Published in
8 min readFeb 19, 2021

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A U.S. flag flies at a Japanese-American camp in Manzanar, California, July 1942. (Hulton Archive/Getty)

It reads like a simple detail, its succinctness perhaps amplifying its horror: “a number of babies died in the hospital.” This statement appears in a monthly report from Unit I of the Poston Japanese-American incarceration camp in Arizona. By the summer of 1942, thousands of Japanese Americans held at Poston had…

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Stephanie Hinnershitz
Arc Digital

Dr. Stephanie Hinnershitz specializes in American social and political history. You can learn more about her work at www.stephaniehinnershitz.com