Japanese American Internment Case Decided Today in 1944

On December 18, 1944, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Korematsu v. United States, in a 6-3 decision upholding a military order excluding Americans of Japanese decent from a designated coastal area stretching from Washington State to southern Arizona.

On that same day, the Supreme Court also ruled in Ex parte Endo that regardless of whether the United States Government had a right to exclude people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast during World War II, they could not continue to detain a citizen that the government itself conceded was loyal to the United States.

In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps.

At least at Manzanar, one of the larger camps, two thirds of the interned were under the age of 18.

Let us ever remember these events, less we repeat them.

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.” – Aldous Huxley