Japanese American Internment

explanatory Essay
519 words
519 words

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government started to become very suspicious of different races living in the country especially the Japanese. To make sure nothing happened again these internment camps were set up and they were basically “America’s concentration camps”. The Japanese Americans faced a lot of hardships at these camps. Japanese Internment Camps were extremely unfair to the majority of the Japanese Americans who have not engaged in sabotage or spying for Japan during the war. Nevertheless, it was a necessary effort to limit the activities of those who would have tried to harm the U.S. and the war effort. American military forces sent the Japanese Americans into internment camps all around the U.S. because they were afraid that there were Japanese Americans spies among them. The conditions of Japanese American internment camps were very hard for the Japanese because of housing, food, and the experiences they went through daily. Japanese citizens were given about 48 hours to vacate their homes, and they were only allowed to take with them few belongings. About 120,000 Japanese were moved to internment camps after Pearl Harbor. Sometimes entire families lived one room cells or barracks. Also, they were fed approximately three times a day and the portions were small. Several people died in these camps due to lack of medical care and stress. (Japanese-American Internment." U.S. History, 2014) At first the Japanese Americans went to temporary relocation centers which were open areas surrounded by barbed wire. There were block arrangements and each one had 14 barracks. Then they were taken to ten relocation centers permanently that were run by War Relocation Authority. They were located in isolated areas such ... ... middle of paper ... ...rican Internment. Gale, 2009. Web. 21 Mar. 2014. ReferenceDetailsWindow?failOverType=&query=&windowstate=normal&contentModules=&mode=view&displayGroupName=Reference&limiter=&currPage=&disableHighlighting=true&displayGroups=&sortBy=&search_within_results=&p=SUIC&action=e&catId=GALE%7CXGVMGS047642054&activityType=&scanId=&documentId=GALE%7CEJ3048400159&source=Bookmark&u=lans23427&jsid=8ac3e91566b7c7f69f15bf2818d20a83 "Japanese-American Internment." U.S. History., 2014. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. . Japan Launches A Surprise Attack on Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941." Global Events: Milestone Events Throughout History. Ed. Jennifer Stock. Vol. 6: North America. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2013. Student Resources in Context. Web. 20 Mar. 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that after the bombing of pearl harbor, the u.s. government became suspicious of different races living in the country especially the japanese. japanese internment camps were unfair to the majority of japanese americans who have not engaged in sabotage or spying for japan during the war.
  • Explains that american military forces sent the japanese americans into internment camps because they were afraid that there were japanese american spies among them.
  • Explains that the japanese americans went to temporary relocation centers, which were open areas surrounded by barbed wire. they were then taken to ten permanently run by war relocation authority.
  • Explains that some japanese americans wanted to stay longer because they didn't have anything to go home to. search lights monitored the grounds between the camps and eight towers with machine guns.
  • Explains that the internees tried to make the best of the situation. they started schools and churches, played hide and seek, and had talent shows and dances.
  • Opines that the internment of the japanese played a huge role in the u.s. history.
  • Cites gale's japanese american internment, which is available at
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