This page provides links to the “War Relocation Centers” — concentration camps — in which Japanese Americans were incarcerated by order of the U.S. government during WWII. Although many of us are accustomed to the term “internment,” I am using the terminology recommended by the Japanese American Citizens League. “Incarceration” more accurately reflects the unlawful imprisonment of more than 100,000 Americans that was the culmination of decades of anti-Japanese (and more broadly, anti-Asian) racism in the United States.
Any discussion of Japanese American incarceration must mention the Densho Encyclopedia site (https://encyclopedia.densho.org/) which describes itself as “a free on-line resource about the history of the Japanese American WWII exclusion and incarceration experience.” Here is the Densho page on events leading up to Japanese American incarceration: https://densho.org/looking-like-the-enemy/
Densho’s digital archives offer an especially rich collection of documents, oral histories, and other primary sources about Japanese American life before and during WWII: https://densho.org/archives/