The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 was a significant moment in history; not only because it changed the art of warfare and forced the United States into World War II, but it had a direct impact on civil liberties within its own country.
While the United States began to deploy to Europe, to fight with its Allies, the government was enacting its own racially motivated policies by establishing internment camps with the signing of Executive Order 9066.
Those living on the West Coast with Japanese ancestry were stripped of their rights and ordered to rid themselves of all property. They were sent to internment camps for the duration of the war. This order not only affected those with Japanese ancestry, but affected states, such as California, and changed cities like San Diego socially and economically forever.
This is a vast topic and I do not imagine to cover it all. Rather, I will propose some of the broader implications of Japanese internment on San Diego and focus on four questions: How were the eradication of civil liberties of persons with Japanese ancestry permitted in the United States? Where were the internment camps located and what were their conditions? What were some of the media representations of persons with Japanese ancestry? What trades and industry did persons with Japanese ancestry obtain in San Diego after the war?