Oregon Secretary of State

Threats Real and Perceived

Woman holding fragment of bomb, drawing of man hanging from parachute limp, Drawing of capsized boat, photo of Japanese sitting.
Clockwise from top left: A woman shows a fragment of a bomb dropped from a Japanese airplane on southern Oregon; A poster warns of accidentally giving away secrets to the enemy; Japanese Americans await internment; the pivotal Battle of Midway.
Following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans saw danger lurking everywhere, leading to, among other things, the controversial internment of over 110,000 Japanese Americans and nationals. This section looks at some of the real and perceived threats and the actions taken against them.