Subtitled “Fact, Fiction and More”—all to be sorted out by “Historical Phil” Raschke in a presentation sponsored by the Lakewood Historical Society.
Phil’s PowerPoint slide show begins at 7:00 pm Tuesday, February 19 (77 years to the day since FDR issued his controversial Executive Order 9066—see below) at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 10630 Gravelly Lake Drive SW in Lakewood. The evening ends with the showing of a very special 16-minute documentary, “All We Could Carry”, filmed in 2011 at the Heart Mountain, Wyoming Relocation Camp by Academy Award Winning Director Steven Okazaki.
In his usual highly engaging yet thought-provoking fashion, Phil tells the story of Executive Order 9066, issued by President Roosevelt a few months after Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. An unprecedented exercise of Presidential power, the order was presented to the public as a “necessary precaution” against possible spying and/or sabotage by Japanese-Americans living on the Pacific Coast. 62% of them were American citizens with all the rights that should have entailed, but it wasn’t enough to keep nearly 120,000 Issei (first generation Americans) and Nisei (second generation) from being uprooted from their homes on extremely short notice and sent to internment camps, most of them in desolate settings located hundreds of miles inland.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to more fully appreciate the impact this extraordinary episode in American history had—then and for decades afterward—on all who lived through it, whether inside or outside of the fence.
All ages welcome; refreshments served.