The internment of Japanese Americans during WWII was a clear example of mass hysteria that permeated the United States during the dark days of WWII. After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor many Americans believed that the Japanese were disloyal and were associated with the enemy. There were rumors that the Japanese Americans were exchanging military information and had hidden connections. The U.S became increasingly paranoid causing a question to arise, is this really because the Japanese were truly spies or is it mass hysteria? In the process of war the public skipped to the conclusion that all Japanese Americans were out to get them.
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack meant to cripple the United States Navy. While all of America remained in mourning over the devastation at Pearl Harbor, Washington D.C. was planning a war. The United States was forced into war, but war was not what the general public wanted. The Japanese general, Yamatoto, held the blame for starting World War II. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the thirty-second president of the United States of America.
Many citizens questioned how the army was caught unprepared when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. When this bombing happened people thought that the Japanese would soon attack the west coast. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9066, it he was warned that it would be unconstitutional signing the order. John L. Dewitt a Lieutenant General stated that the Japanese were an enemy race. With all the hatred the Americans citizens had on the Japanese residents, it led Franklin D. Roosevelt to sign the Executive Order 9066.
The Japanese kept on pushing North Americas buttons. When the Japanese occupied Manchuria that really ticked off North America, it was a very bad move by the Japanese, FDR was not very happy with Japan’s aggression against the Chinese. In result FDR froze all raw materials going to Japan. Oil was the biggest export material going into Japan, taking that away really shook Japan’s economy. Japan really planned and implemented the attack on Pearl Harbor.
As Americans we did not see the pain we brought upon these people, all we had in our mind was anger. That anger blinded us from the right and lead us to the wrong without us even realizing what we were doing was wrong. The public turned to the only person that could make any of the actions possible, the President. Needless to say, Roosevelt was under public and political pressure and almost forcibly signed the Executive order to remove and detain Japanese and Japanese-Americans from their homes and businesses. Since at the time President Roosevelt was in his midterm elections, he knew that he had to make a change that would bring his popularity to an all time high.
The United States was at peace with Japan following peace negotiations that had been made. The President expresses his concern that the United States was still in conversation with Japanese government and its Emperor looking towards the continuation of peace in the pacific. Japanese had a series of secret plans to bomb America. The president says that the previous day’s attack on Hawaii Islands had caused severe destruction to American naval and military forces. In his speech, he expresses his regrets to inform the Congress that Americans had lost their lives.
Previous to the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7th 1941, tensions had been forming between the USA and Japan in the pacific. The US had cut of most supplies to Japan with the fear of Japanese expansion. The conflict that had been escalating between Japan and China since 1937 had the US treating Japan with great cautiousness. They had been monitoring Japanese Americans in anticipation of a surprise attack. However the attack on Pearl Harbour still shocked and outraged the American nation and affected the American psyche.
The Japanese Government responded by stoping the issuing of passports to contract laborers going to America even if the American employers wanted them and promised employment. (Hoyt 37) The American Federation of Labor struggled to pass Anti- Japanese laws. The press had a field day with the headlines causing the country to become racist against the Japanese. The headlines were not only insulting but also untrue. Finally President Roosevelt intervened and put an end to segregation in exchange for the Gentleman’s Agreement, the United States government agreed to ... ... middle of paper ... ...ater released, “ In various aspects the empire is losing materials: that is , we are getting weaker.
The Japanese had launched their planes from a point of 220 miles of Oahu and the impact was catastrophic (Lyons). Needless to say Pearl Harbor was disastrous for Americans but, could have been far more defective. The attack on P... ... middle of paper ... ...suit to be heard and be treated as the humans that they are. By means of screening out disloyal Japanese Americans they were given questionnaires and eventually they were released. They were also ordered not to return to the west coast.
The Japanese eventually got mad at the United States and decided to prepare an attack on the U.S. The Japanese started to prepare for the attack on November 26, 1941; they got ready to go make a 3,000-mile journey across the Pacific... ... middle of paper ... ...ricans was devastating experience, we did attack their country, but we didn’t kill as many people as they did. We killed 2,402 of their people, but they killed 70,000 people in Hiroshima, and 70,000 in Nagasaki, that’s 140,000 people. The Americans have no heart; our attack was just a mild attack to protest against the United States because they prevented Japan from buying oil, they did have a reason to attack, but they killed too many people. I saw when the bomb in Nagasaki was being dropped, it was terrible, the bombs was huge you could see it from 10 miles.