Japanese American Internment Camp Rights and Responsibilities

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During World War II, a Segregation Center was created in Tule Lake to incarcerate Japanese Americans who were deemed to be potential enemies towards America. America was trying to distinguish who were loyal citizens. In a questionnaire the Japanese Americans had been given, there were two questions, number twenty seven and twenty eight that seemed unfair to answer. If they had answered wrong or did not answer at all they were sent to the Tule Lake internment camp. The Japanese Americans had their own rights and responsibilities that fell under the constitution that were denied. On top of that, the Tule Lake internment camp the Japanese Americans were put into were not decent conditions they could face, neither was there an ample amount of space. The Japanese Americans had no choice as they were incarcerated into the Tule Lake internment camp; they were denied their rights as American citizens, and faced indecent conditions in the camps. The Japanese Americans were curious and suspicious over the questionnaire the United States government had forced them to answer. In the questionnaire, there were a number of questions, but two particularly stuck out because of how obscure they were. The first question was number twenty seven that had asked, “Are you willing to serve in the armed forces of the United States on combat duty, wherever ordered?” While question number twenty eight had asked, “Will you swear unqualified allegiance to the United States and faithfully defend the United States from any or all attack by foreign or domestic forces, and forswear any form of allegiance or obedience to the Japanese emperor, or any other foreign government, power, or organization?” (Tule Lake Committee Web Site) The Japanese Americans were baffl... ... middle of paper ... ...Yamamoto’s ‘The Legend of Miss Sasagawara’.” Notes on Contemporary Literature 39. 2 (2009). Student Resources in Context. Web. 3 Nov. 2013. Harth, Erica. Last Witnesses: Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans. New York: Palgrave for St. Martin's, 2001. Print. "Reading: The Question of Loyalty." Reading: The Question of Loyalty. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2013. . "Teaching With Documents:Documents and Photographs Related to Japanese Relocation During World War II." Japanese Relocation During World War II. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2013. . "Telling Their Stories." Tellingstories.org. The Urban School of San Francisco, n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2013. "Tule Lake Committee Web Site." Tulelake.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2013.

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