Executive Order 9066 Causes Business Losses

Although the owner of this Oakland, California business supported his country (America) and not the country of his ancestors (Japan), he—like other Japanese-Americans living in California and other western U.S. states—was forced to close his business.

Instead of living in Oakland, he would live in an interment camp. This was the impact of President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066.

The Library of Congress maintains a copy of this photo, which Dorothea Lange took in March of 1942, and provides this description:

Oakland, Calif., Mar. 1942. A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at 13th and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas.

The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war.

Click on the image for a better view.

Media Credits

Photo by Dorothea Lange, taken in Oakland, California during March of 1942. Online via the Library of Congress. Public Domain.


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