On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which resulted in the forced wartime relocation of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps. Now, on the August 10th anniversary of President Reagan’s signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 – which provided an apology and compensation to those forced from their homes – we hear from Norman Mineta on the congressional efforts to seek re-dress. Mineta’s family was detained at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming. He later served 20 years in Congress, and as a cabinet secretary to Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. He recorded this oral history for Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project, which is based in Seattle, Washington.
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