Why does the author mention various events in US history throughout the selection?

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Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment was written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and her husband, James D. Houston . It is a real life account of the US government’s relocation of thousands of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast just after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Thousands of Japanese families were basically imprisoned behind barbed wire fences in concentration camps in the California foothills. The people were forced to endure harsh living conditions and even torture. In the post-war America of the 1940s and 1950s, many Japanese Americans were discriminated against and treated...

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