Milestones: 59 Years Ago in TIME

Concerns about the civil liberties of Arab Americans stem in part from drastic steps the government took during World War II, when Japanese Americans were forcibly moved to INTERNMENT CAMPS. In an issue with a cover story on Mexican Foreign Minister Ezequiel Padilla, TIME wrote of one of the first groups sent away.

Pasadena's Rose Bowl looked like a second-hand auto park. In the chill dawn, 140 battered cars and sagging trucks huddled, piled high with furniture, bundles, gardening tools. At 6:30 a.m. they chuffed and spluttered, wheeled into line, and started rolling. Led by a goggled policeman on a motorcycle,...

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