What was life like after Internment Camps?


On June 30th, 1946 the War Relocation Authority was closed. They had been in charge of the ten camps. By the summer of 1946 all of the camps were completely empty. When some of the people left they were greeted by citizens who were happy to have them back. Unfortunately some people faced angry citizens who did everything to make them not feel welcome.

After they let the Japanese leave the camps most moved inward to the mainland. It was really hard for Japanese Americans to live in the mainland because of prejudice. Japanese weren’t allowed in certain places  because people were still mad at them. It was hard for the Japanese to buy things back when they tried.

When they left the camps they usually didn’t have a lot of their belongings, because they sold it all before they left home. Life savings and homes were gone. They had nowhere to go for a home.  The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco said the Japanese citizens suffered $400 million dollars. President Truman decided to give Japanese Americans $38 to share among 26,560 internees.

In 1980, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians was formed. They found that internment camps violated the U.S. Constitution. The Civil Liberties Act was passed on August 10, 1988 and said that $20,000 should be paid to each internment camp survivor.
      -Above- Not welcome into or near this house.


-Above- Getting ready to leave the camp.