1942

After the Pearl Harbor bombing, Japanese Americans and immigrants are forced into camps.

 
 

The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 instilled a fear within the minds of the United States Government and the American people that led to the harmful persecution of innocent Americans across the country. In west coast states (including California, Oregon, and Washington particularly) Americans and immigrants of Japanese and other Asian descent were forced to abandon their property, homes, and many of their possessions and move to concentration camps.

In response to Pearl Harbor, the military released new marketing campaigns to encourage Americans near ports and military bases to be discreet about their knowledge in an effort to guard military intelligence. The photograph at right is dated January 7, 1942 (just one month after the Pearl Harbor bombing.) In the photograph, you can see Naval authorities distributing posters driving home the vital message, 'Serve with Silence.'

 

Image Captions:

  1. Japanese Americans are forced into vans and taken to concentration camps in Venice. “Transportation of Japanese Americans to Manzanar Internment Camp, Venice, California.” April 1942. Huntington Digital Library.

  2. "Continuing their all-out campaign to discourage careless talk about.. military operations in the.. harbor area, Naval authorities today began distributing thousands of posters driving home the vital message, ‘Serve with Silence.’.. The posters are brightly colored.. [and] will be displayed throughout the area adjoining the Defensive Sea Area proclaimed by President Roosevelt at the local port. Through San Pedro, Wilmington and Long Beach.. all the places where people work or play will be asked to cooperate by prominently displaying the posters.” - January 7, 1942. "Slip of the lip may sink a ship." 1942. Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection, Los Angeles, CA. Los Angeles Public Library.