The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 not only devastated America’s naval ships, but also severed America’s trust of anyone with Japanese heritage. As a result, millions of Japanese-Americans were excluded from society, and countless Japanese people (both alien and native born) were locked away in internment camps across America. In Americans’ eyes, every Japanese-American was a terrorist waiting to strike. When World War II broke out, America tried to stay out of the war as much as possible. But, when Germany declared war on America on December 11, 1941, America had a shortage of soldiers. So, they pulled thousands of Japanese-Americans from internment camps and sent them out to war. When they returned, they were the most decorated and heroic unit in American history. Yet, they were still ostracized. The treatment and internment of the Japanese-American people during World War II was unreasonable because many Japanese-Americans remained loyal to America, even though they were ostracized from American society. Although distrusted and disliked, many Japanese-Americans wanted to prove their loyalty to their new country. Many were pulled out of their internment camps and put into the Army; and turned out to be the most decorated unit in United States Military history. Many Japanese-Americans, before they were sent to internment camps, owned successful businesses and were loyal citizens. One man, Fred Korematsu, had plastic surgery done and changed his identity in order to stay out of internment camps; but was still captured.
Shaffer, Robert. "Opposition to Internment: Defending Japanese American Rights During World War II." The Historian, Volume 61, 1991.
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which order a mass incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry (Children of the Camps 1). After the bombing on Pearl Harbor the United States was stricken with war hysteria. The government opened ten different Japanese Internment camps in Tule Lake, California; Minidoka, Idaho; Manzanar, California; Topaz, Utah; Jerome, Arkansas; Heart Mountain, Wyoming; Poston, Arizona; Granada, Colorado; and Rowher, Arkansas (Japanese Relocation During World War II 1).
The United States of America is no stranger to war. Throughout history, many Americans gave their lives for this country. America has been involved in many conflicts ranging from our first colonial settlers fighting amongst the Native Americans, to present day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. War has also brought our country together; however, it also has divided this great nation. During these wars certain American races have been caught in the crossfire. The ethnic groups range from Native Americans during the Indian Wars, to the treatment of African Americans during and after the Civil War. In this paper, I want to focus on World War II. Everyone knows what went on in Europe and the Pacific Ocean, but I want to focus on the treatment of Japanese-American after Pearl Harbor. Although many people know about the mistreatment of Native Americans and African Americans, consequently many Americans overlook the mistreatment of Japanese Americans on our own soil.
For starters, the reasons why Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II was because the United States government suspected that these citizens would only remain loyal to their ancestral land. Not only did this thought beset the...
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.
An unavoidable conundrum. To play it safe, or be the enemy? Following the jolting attack on Pearl Harbor, a great deal of Americans believed that the Japanese Americans, also called Nikkei, were untrustworthy and associated with the enemy. Rumors flew that the Nikkei exchanged military information and had obtained secret connections. However, these claims were never brought to light, and to this day simply remain rumors. The U.S. government became suspicious about these accusations and demanded action. On Thursday, February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt issued the Executive Order 9066, which called for an evacuation of Japanese Americans on the west coast with the excuse of a “military necessity.” The government’s impetuous enforcement of Executive Order 9066 in reaction to public hysteria, not only violated the rights of Japanese Americans, but also triggered pointless effort and attention towards the internment camps.
On the morning of December 7, 1941, the surprise bombing of Pearle Harbor violently awoke America causing great uproar throughout its nation. With all of America hating the then called, “Japs,” it made certain that no other Japanese person either from Japan or from our own soil, got a chance to do any further damage to our already crippled country. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Executive Order in February of 1942, which gave De Witt the power to round up over 112,000 Japanese Americans, over half of whom where U.S. citizens by birth (Manzanar 2). These Americans were forced to leave everything behind taking only what they could carry. They were sent to one of the ten concentration camps established throughout the United States. They were constructed in remote areas between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Mississippi River (Relocation 1). The United States governme...
Since its establishment in 1775, the term “freedom” has been the rallying cry of the people of the United States; however, “freedom” was not by definition equal to all persons of the United States. We have made much progress in the area of freedom but one could argue that the term “freedom” was only for the white male/female population of the United States. We made our first step with Abraham Lincoln and the abolition of slavery, then with the Progressive Era and women’s rights, however, anyone who was not of American or “white” decent, have been persecuted in one way or another. In 1942 President Roosevelt, under the negative influence of a fear of the general population and much of his adversaries signed the executive order, which ordered the relocation of about 120,000 Japanese-American citizens to internment camps in order to “protect” our country from its “enemies.”
There are different opinions about the Japanese-American Internment. Some people say that this act is necessary, and others say it is unnecessary. In this essay I will be explaining why I think the article talking about how the Japanese-American Internment is unnecessary and an racist act the most convincing case.I believe that the article proving the Japanese-American Internment is unnecessary is the most convincing case because this statement is true. It’s a racist act, and it shouldn’t have existed.