A former incarceration site in Idaho, Minidoka now stands as a memorial to the nearly 10,000 Japanese Americans forced to relocate here during World War II.
A Pearl Harbor attack intensified hostility towards Japanese Americans. As wartime hysteria mounted, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 making over 120,000 West Coast persons of Japanese ancestry (Nikkei) leave their homes, jobs, and lives behind and move to one of ten Relocation Centers. This single largest forced relocation in U.S. history is Minidokaís story.
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