Tensions between America and japan had been rising for quite some years. Many of the top US officials knew that an attack was imminent, but we did not know where the Japanese would strike. Most did not think japan was daring enough to come this close to the mainland rather than an island a bit closer to japan. The desolation of the American fleet stationed there along with the death of over 2000 seamen threw the nation into a state of mass hysteria and this pulled the United States into WWII.
Though our enemies included Germany and Italy, most racial prejudice and paranoia was directed towards the Japanese-Americans; this was personal.
Racial-prejudice towards Asians has existed in this country ever since the gold rush in California. Hard-working immigrants made a new life here mining and doing labor intensive work much like immigrants today. Whites saw this as an invasion of there livelihood and anti-Asian factions began sprouting up all over the west coast and further inland. These white factions have been passing laws to keep aliens such as Japanese-Americans under control and restricted, giving them limited rights and even making them ineligible for citizenship.
As of December 7th there were over 110,000 of these Japanese-Americans living on the west coast, and by the 8th there lives had already started to change. Since the Japanese surprise attack was carried out before war wa...
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... bans and laws preventing some workers to keep there job or to repossess their previous home. A number of evacuees had dies in the camps trying to escape or being mistaken for runaways, it was not possible to compensate for what was lost over the last three years and the Japanese knew it. Over the last 50 years there has been a civil rights movement and in 1988 congress apologized for the internment camps and awarded each individual 20 thousand dollars.
The united states was under an intense amount of hysteria and paranoia due to the inhuman actions of imperial japan in the year 1941. In a misguided reaction, we also committed some in human acts against our brothers and sisters of America with no real concrete evidence; only because we were afraid. Though our concentration camps do not come close to those of the Nazis, it was still a dark time in our nations history.
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