ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT with Greg Robinson – 7/23
The Franklin D. Roosevelt
Presidential Library and Museum
with support from a
Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant
BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT
with Greg Robinson
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Henry A. Wallace Center at the
FDR Presidential Library and Home
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum — with support from a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant — presents BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT with Greg Robinson on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Professor Robinson, a native New Yorker, is Professor of History at l’Université du Québec À Montréal and the author of BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT: FDR AND THE INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE AMERICANS. He will discuss the conflict between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt over the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The program will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. Attendees will be invited to view the Roosevelt Library’s new special exhibit, “Images of Internment” free of charge, following the program.
This is a free public event but registration is required. CLICK HERE to register.
Eleanor Roosevelt opposed internment and tried to stop FDR from issuing Executive Order 9066. Concerned about the potential hysteria against people of Japanese ancestry, she visited Japanese American communities, posed for pictures with residents, and praised their patriotism. But when she discussed the issue with FDR he rebuffed her.
After the order was signed ER did not speak out publicly against her husband’s decision, opting instead to work quietly behind the scenes. But many in the Japanese American community knew of her sympathies, including her support for allowing students to leave the government camps to attend college and initiatives to permit people to leave with work releases. When Congressional critics charged that Japanese Americans in the camps were being “coddled” she helped push FDR to have them tone down their criticism.
In April, 1943 the First Lady visited the Gila River relocation camp in Arizona. She was impressed by the character and perseverance of the individuals she encountered there. In a report to the President she urged him to relax his Executive Order and allow people to return to their homes. It would not be until January, 1945, however, before the order was rescinded.
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