On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The attack killed more than 2,000 Americans and drew the U.S. into World War II. In an effort that officials believed would increase national security, the U.S. government forced more than 110,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps, a type of prison. They were held there until 1945. Nearly 50 years later, the U.S. government issued an apology for this disgraceful act.
While in the internment camps, some people found comfort in making art. Recently, an auction house in New Jersey planned to sell a collection of more than 400 artworks created in the camps. The proposed auction caused public protest.