Before World War II, the most densely populated region of the U.S. was east of the Mississippi River and other states in the Northeast. My family and I live in a little white house near the Mississippi, too. But when World War II started, my mom told me that the U.S. was beginning to experience population changes. Everyone was being moved around because of the war and it’s effects on our country. She told me that soon, we will be moving more up north to find better economic and social conditions. Lots of whites and blacks were doing this. Then, my dad told me that rural areas like where we live are getting less and less crowded because of the movement of Americans to bigger cities. Then, I believe it was in the years 1940-1950, the U.S. population boosted about 14.5 percent. Dad said people started migrating towards the western and southern regions of America, particularly California. Then, we heard that President Roosevelt, in February of 1942, asked the army to take 100,000 men, women, and children to California and Utah. This was because the U.S. set up camps in the deserts in those states to keep Japanese citizens in. The U.S. wanted to do this because since we were in a war with Japan, these people could have potentially been spies or traitors. Mom and Dad said that we’ll be okay, though.
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