In Farewell to Manzanar, why did some people refuse to leave the camp voluntarily? What happened to them?

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The simple answer is that they were afraid of the future: whatever else life might have been in the confinement of the internment camp, at least it was certain. When the Supreme Court deemed the internment program illegal, it raised fear for many of those in the camps because, at the very least, in the camps the Japanese are owed certain rights (no matter how shoddy and makeshift the tangible indulgence of those rights might have been).

Outside, they would face discrimination and violence from citizens who had no strict protocol on their treatment of the Japanese. A guard regulating a camp might be far more disciplined than the average American citizen, who could possibly be more belligerent, be emotionally compromised, or fall into a mob mentality. It was also entirely possible that the Japanese citizens would never be able to find work. Regardless, despite delaying it for as long as they possibly could, when the camps closed, all the Japanese families were forced to leave.

In such a...

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