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Unfinished Business

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"We were made to go single file, stripped, and ...sprayed you with some kind of chemical powder like DDT."

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By October 1942, the Army had transferred all inmates from fifteen temporary camps to ten permanent War Relocation Authority (WRA) camps under civilian control of the Department of the Interior.

These camps were located in isolated inland areas in vast, sandy deserts or swamp lands. Inmates, who had come from relatively mild climates of the West, experienced frequent dust storms, bitter cold winters, and sizzling summers for the first time.

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