After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, many Americans expressed anger toward anyone of Japanese descent.
Beginning in 1942 the U.S. government forced more than 110,000 Japanese Americans, living on the West Coast, into prison-like camps.
Families had to abandon their homes, quickly sell their belongings, give away their pets, and resettle in uncomfortable housing behind barbed-wire fences.
Mitsuye Edo, claiming she was being held in the camps against her will, petitioned the government for her freedom.
Her case went to the Supreme Court, which ruled that her detention was illegal in late 1944, the day after the government ended its internment policy.