Sites of Shame: An Overview of the Japanese American Detention Facilities
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During World War II, more than 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry were held without trial in a complex network of detention sites throughout the U.S. Over two-thirds of those imprisoned were U.S. citizens.

Forty years later, the U.S. government determined that the incarceration was wrong and President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. While many of the physical sites have faded into the landscape, their history serves as a reminder of the fragility of our democracy.

The Sites of Shame website explores this national network of detention facilities through an interactive map, timeline and site locator. The personal impact of these sites is told through the voices of a family as they remember this difficult time in their lives.

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Partial funding for Sites of Shame came from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program.

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