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|Author:||Bluebonnet [ Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:38 am ]|
|Post subject:||Texas preserves World War II internment camp|
CRYSTAL CITY, Texas — The roundups began in earnest almost immediately after the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States' entry into World War II.
Japanese, Germans and Italians, both foreign nationals and foreign-born American citizens considered potential threats, were rousted from their homes in the U.S. and in Latin American nations friendly to the U.S. and were then shipped to internment camps.
As many as seven camps may have been in Texas where historians are working to gather stories from some of the thousands who were confined and to preserve the few visible signs of the camps.
"What we're trying to do is show the impact Texas had with these confinement sites and the program in general," said William McWhorter, coordinator for the History Programs Division of the Texas Historical Commission. "There's been much written about Japanese-American relocation, and Germans and Italians. But there really hasn't been an exploration in the state as to how Texas participated."
The state's biggest camp was at Crystal City, about 40 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, and was specifically for families. It was the largest of the some 20 camps nationwide supervised by the old Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Read more here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40544739/ns/us_news-life/
|Author:||L2L [ Wed Dec 08, 2010 6:36 am ]|
|Post subject:||Re: Texas preserves World War II internment camp|
These is a sad part of our history, Canada did this as well.
I understand that most who were in the camps lost their homes and never got them back
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