So the hysteria was understable. The question was whether or not to do anything about it, and for an angry, grief stricken America, internment camps were the answer. Mass hysteria of the Japanese caused the urge for government issue of executive order 9066 to satisfy the anti-Japanese groups and to rid of all the fear. The order was based on a false claim. The day of, Japanese Americans were given 48 hours to leave their homes a... ... middle of paper ... ...f American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident aliens from Japan.The Japanese attempted to fight back and prove their innocence.The most famous case, Korematsu v. United States shows that.
Franklin Roosevelt's speech to Congress, asking for permission to declare war on Japan, shows the resentment and despair of the American people. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, many Americans felt a lot of resentment against Japan, and the Japanese. Much of this resentment arose because Japan gave the United States a false hope of peace between the two countries. Also, from the evidence, it appeared that the attack was premeditated. Because of the distance between Japan and Hawaii, it was found that the attack had been planned days, possibly weeks beforehand (Roosevelt, 170).
How would you feel as a child, having to be taken away to an internment camp? The Pearl Harbor bombing in 1941 was devastating. It brought pain to friends and families who lost loved ones. Not only them but the Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps. They were considered “unfit” and dangerous to live in American communities.
The residents in these camps lost many of their human rights while living in these camps. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 many Americans thought that the Japanese living on the west coast assisted the Japanese in bombing the Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Immediately after the bombings more than fifteen hundred Japanese Americans were arrested on suspicion of espionage. “The Pearl Harbor attack heightened a long-standing anti-Asian sentiment among many Americans living along the western coast of the United States”(“Japanese Internment Camps”). Many citizens questioned how the army was caught unprepared when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
Laws were passed to keep people of Japanese descent from becoming citizens or becoming property owners. Their entire lives were modeled by anti-Japanese laws in the early 1900’s it got so bad that they could not even marry in the U.S. unless it was to another person of Japanese descent. So by the time WWII came around the anti-Japanese agenda had a large following. Perl Harbor was just the push it needed to gain backing my Politicians publicly and it spread like wildfire. The Japanese came to this country for a better life and were discriminated against the entire time.
Was the internment of Japanese Americans a compulsory act of justice or was it an unwarranted, redundant act of tyranny which breached upon the rights of Japanese Americans? During World War II thousands of Japanese Americans were told by government officials that they had twenty-four hours to pack their things, get rid of any belongings of theirs, and to sell their businesses away for less than retail value. Although many people thought the Japanese American internment was needed to ensure U.S. security during the war against Japan, these relocation centers were unnecessary violations of Japanese Americans’ rights. These concentration camps are unconstitutional because they infringed upon the Japanese Americans’ first, seventh, and eighth amendment rights. The argument for the opposing viewpoint states that these relocation centers were needed to ensure U.S. security during the war against Japan.
Out of the everlasting fear of racial superiority, panic of attack and suspicion of the Japanese in the United States, on February 19, 1942, just two months after the attacks, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that called upon the evacuation of over 110,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps in the west coast. This order violated the constitutional rights by ruthlessly forcing thousands of innocent Japanese Americans to abandon everything they had to move into the poorly conditioned internment camps. Japanese Americans suffered immensely due to the racial struggles and consequences of the Executive Order 9066. After the Pearl Harbor attack rumors spread that Japanese Americans sought to sabotage the war effort in loyalty to Japan although none had ever shown disloyalty to the nation. Americans feared disloyalty of Japanese citizens, they believed that even American-born and raised Japanese were an “unassailable race [that can’t fit into American culture].” Some Americans believed that Asians should be deported to “preserve white racial purity.” The order stated that the internments were necessary due to the, “successful prosecution of the war [that] requires every possible protection against espionage and against sabotage to natio... ... middle of paper ... ... internment camp was closed in 1945.
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.
These terrible conditions left a lasting effect on the culture of the Japanese-Americans. They tried to rebel against these camps, even though the Supreme Court concluded that it was just a wartime requirement. Congress tried to apologize to the victims by rewarding them with a cash sum, but the damage had been done, and this has left a scar on America’s non-segregated freedom. Japanese American internment was triggered by the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which caused internment camps and relocation, and provided long lasting effects on the history of the Japanese-American culture. The American forces pla... ... middle of paper ... ...born people were forced to sell everything they had, and they could only take what they could carry with them to the camps.
The internment of the Japanese Americans during World War II was one of the most notorious human rights violations of the 20th century. The bombing of Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war against Japan may have sparked the internment of Japanese Americans, though the same reasoning was not enough to intern German Americans or Italian Americans. The internment of Japanese Americans stemmed from a buildup of anti-Asian sentiments among the White majority of America prior to World War II, specifically from the populations of Washington State and California. The political and social treatment of Japanese Americans prior to World War II led to the internment of Japanese Americans and resembles the current treatment of Muslim Americans today.