On this day in 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which was used mostly to relocate and intern people of Japanese ancestry, including American born citizens. There were members with German and Italian backgrounds who were also singled out but it was mostly an act against Japanese living in America. Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor less than three months before. Imagine if a president today singled out a group of people today and sent them to internment camps with no proof of them doing anything wrong? Can you imagine the uproar and rightly so.
A lot of the champions of Franklin Roosevelt view him as the greatest thing that ever walked God’s earth like to skip over this ‘inconvenient truth.’ FDR died 72 years ago, all his cronies are gone now. It is interesting that in recent years historians who were not around back then, who have no emotion involved are looking at the FDR presidency and seeing him at times in different ways than he has been portrayed by the some of the historians who had a ticket to the game back when FDR ruled. Was FDR a significant president- there is no doubt about that but he needs to be knocked down a peg or two.