We’d driven past the Manzanar War Relocation Center on all of our past trips. It was time to go in. During World War II, the U.S. government took hundreds of thousands of its own citizens prisoner and held them in internment camps such as Manzanar. Why? America was at war with Japan, and Japanese-Americans were seen as a threat by some officials. Lives and livelihoods were uprooted over fears that proved unfounded. Not one internee was ever charged with espionage or any other crime. Not only that, several young Japanese-American men enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces and left for basic training from internment camps, including Manzanar.