Feb. 19 – FDR signs Executive Order 9066

GabeBell Ringers, Government(BR)

Executive Order 9066 was issued on February 19th and this day will perhaps also live in infamy as the day Franklin Delano Roosevelt removed Americans from their homes and put them in concentration camps. At the height of WWII Americans were fearful of those of Japanese and German heritage and so the FDR issued an executive order to remove them from the public and contain them so as to protect the public. This order was enforced by the US military and upheld by the Supreme Court in Korematsu v United States. Presidential power is broadly expanded during war time and the ability for the president to issue executive orders instead of passing a law through Congress is much easier to get done. In this case giving FDR large amounts of legislative power allowed him to imprison people and seize their property.

  1. Why did the army follow through with the executive order?
  2. How did this executive order affect Japanese lives?
  3. What reasons did the court have to uphold this executive order?

Image Citation:

President Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066.  Digital Image.  Sunspots.  February 19, 1942.  https://sunspots.cornellsun.com/2017/04/04/saving-face-remembering-executive-order-9066/