Report on Japanese American Internment Camps

Date: 9/26/1969
Reference Number:
KPIX 100281
16mm newsfilm
Please note: a brief segment of the original 16mm film was highly overexposed. KPIX Eyewitness News report from September 26th 1969 by Rollin Post in San Francisco, about California's Japanese American internment camps, which were established during World War II. Includes scenes from an interview with Edison T. Uno (1929-76), who is advocating the repeal of Title II from the 1950 Internal Security Act. This statute provided the U.S. government authority to revive concentration camps. Uno recalls his childhood in an internment camp and Post gives an editorial from outside 1701 Van Ness Avenue, where Japanese Americans were first ordered to assemble for internment, on April 1st 1942. He reflects that: "Thus began one of the darkest chapters in California history. When 110,000 Japanese Americans were interned in camps surrounded by barbed wire and policed by armed guards." Ends with a silent montage of still photographs taken inside the internment camps, during the 1940s.
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