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Executive Order 9066
Executive Order 9066 sent thousands of Japanese immigrants and Japanese American citizens to detention facilities during World War II. (Photo/Thad Zajdowicz)

A family’s old steamer trunk holds links to a dark period from the past

The 80th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which unjustly sent thousands of Japanese Americans to confinement camps, offers a chance to reflect on past mistakes and to consider what it means to be American.