Termination of Executive Order 9066


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On February 19, 1976, President Gerald R. Ford issued a proclamation titled "An American Promise" that rescinded Executive Order 9066. Though the proclamation called the mass removal and incarceration a "setback to fundamental American principles," it stopped short of containing an apology. Coming about as the result of a combination of grassroots activism and lobbying in Washington, DC, the proclamation was an important precursor to the Redress Movement.

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Murray, Alice Yang. Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008.