A San Francisco archive has discovered a set of watercolor paintings of what appears to be a prison camp.
Piecing them together shows they were painted on the back of a Japanese-American internment notice from 1942.
What is the story behind these paintings? Who was the artist? And what was his or her fate?
History Detectives travels to the West Coast to solve the puzzle, uncovering the dramatic story of one of the 120,000 Americans citizens who spent years behind barbed wire, guilty only of being of Japanese descent.
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