“The Camp Without A Fence”: Nikkei Farm Laborers in Malheur County During World War II

History Pub Monday at Kennedy School

  • 7 p.m. |
  • Free |
  • All ages welcome

About “The Camp Without A Fence”: Nikkei Farm Laborers in Malheur County During World War II

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On May 20, 1942 the War Relocation Authority granted permission for 400 Japanese and Japanese Americans to move from the Portland Assembly Center to Malheur County, Oregon to provide critical labor for that year's sugar beet crop, which numbered more than 12,000 acres. From May until October, the majority who volunteered for beet labor were housed in a Farm Security Administration tent camp, just outside the town of Nyssa, on the Snake River. It was the first such labor camp created during the World War II incarceration of Nikkei. By the end of the 1945, thousands, nearly 12% of the 120,000 incarcerated during the war, worked in the beet fields across the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain states.

About the Speaker
Morgen Young is a consulting historian in Portland, Oregon. She serves as the project director of "Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II," an Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission sponsored traveling exhibition that will debut September 12, 2014 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, Oregon. The exhibition will continue to appear at cultural institutions across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

About History Pub Monday at Kennedy School

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Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.

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