Japanese Internment Camps during WWII

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In many times throughout history groups of people have been discriminated against based on race or religion. These people receive inferior rights because of the discrimination. In some cases they do not get citizenship, in others they are segregated from others, and physically harmed. Two groups of people that faced discrimination near World War II (WWII) were the Jewish people and Japanese Americans. Both groups faced very different types of discrimination by different oppressors with different motives yet their treatment was very similar and many events paralleled each other. The treatment of Japanese in WWII internment camps was as harsh as the Holocaust's treatment of the Jewish people. The lead up to the Japanese Americans internment took place over many decades leading up to WWII. It began in the middle of the 19th century with the gold rush taking place in California. A large number of immigrants were coming to California because of the gold rush. However the Japanese were not among them. This was because Japan would not allow their people to emigrate to other countries. However that changed in 1868. With Americans becoming agitated by the number of Chinese immigrants they easily accepted Japanese instead of the Chinese. The Japanese immigration peaked after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The large number of Japanese who came to America soon began to be segregated at every opportunity possible. Such as building different schools for Japanese after an earthquake destroyed the current one. Also a law was passed that did not allow Japanese to come to America unless they could become citizens. Also earlier laws made it so that Japanese had to become citizens by being born in the United States (US). These... ... middle of paper ...>. "Holocaust." World History: The Modern Era. ABC Clio, n.d. Web. 4 May 2014. . "Japanese Americans." The War. PBS, n.d. Web. 11 May 2014. . "Japanese Internment." United States History. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. . McGrath, Jane. "Did the United States put its own citizens in concentration camps during WWII?" How Stuff Works. Discovery, n.d. Web. 11 May 2014. . "Relocation of Japanese Americans." The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Compares the treatment of the jewish people and the japanese americans during world war ii. both groups faced different types of discrimination by different oppressors.
  • Explains that the lead up to the japanese americans internment took place over many decades leading to wwii. the japanese immigration peaked after the chinese exclusion act of 1882.
  • Explains that the bombing of pearl harbor on december 7, 1941 restarted the hate on japanese americans. one japanese boy, ben uchida, viewed himself
  • Narrates how they never thought they looked different from the other kids at school.
  • Narrates how they went to school the day after pearl harbor and realized they were caucasian.
  • Explains that their hair was black, their skin was darker, and their eyes were almond.
  • Recounts how their face was the face of the enemy. they were told to pack a few months later.
  • Describes what they could carry, sell, and get on a train that would take them to their destination.
  • Explains that after the bombing of pearl harbor, the us rounded up 1,500 people they viewed as dangerous and interrogated them.
  • Explains that president franklin delano roosevelt issued executive order 9066, which allowed the us to pick and choose areas that certain people would have to leave.
  • Explains that the initial phase of the japanese internment was considered phase 1 by the us.
  • Opines that the japanese americans lost their culture and the equivalent of 5 trillion dollars in today's world because of their unfair internment.
  • Explains that jewish people living in europe during wwii faced discrimination and were rounded up based on their religion and put into concentration camps.
  • Compares the holocaust and the japanese internment camps. both groups had laws passed against them that took away their rights.
  • Introduces themselves as ben uchida, number 13559. even though they had never been to japan, can't summary:
  • Narrates how they spent 1942 and 1943 in a concentration camp in northern california.
  • Opines that japanese should be locked up, just in case they were dangerous to americans. they even included american citizens like my sister and me.
  • Explains that the us government may have acted unconstitutionally when it sent the japanese americans to internment camps and forced them to leave their homes.
  • Cites bodart, joni r., "the journal of ben uchida." scholastic teachers.
  • Describes lt. gen. j.l. dewitt's letter of transmittal from the virtual museum of the city of san francisco.
  • Narrates the history of japanese internment camps and leading up to it.
  • Explains that roosevelt, franklin delano, "executive order 9066." 19 feb. 1942. american history. abc clio.
  • States that estes, matt, "the japanese internment: world war ii." american history. abc clio, n.d.
  • Analyzes how the united states put its own citizens in concentration camps during wwii.
  • Narrates the relocation of japanese americans at the virtual museum of the city of san francisco.
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