Japanese Internment History

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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). “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan” (Japanese American Internment During World War II 1). As soon as America heard these words from the president it sent war hysteria into the heart of the people, especially on the west coast. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which permitted the military to circumvent the constitutional safeguards of American citizens in the name of national defense (Children of the Camps 1). The orders led to the relocation of 112,000 Japanese Americans along the west coast of the United States (Friends of Minidoka - Twin Falls' Early Nikkei Community 1). The relocation process was confusing, frustrating and frightening. Japanese Americans were required to register and receive identification numbers (Japanese American Internment During World War II 1). The Japanese Americans only had a few days to either sell all possessions or give it to a close friends or family to watch over the property. The Japane... ... middle of paper ... ...ka - Twin Falls' Early Nikkei Community. 11 Mar. 2014 . "Japanese American Internment During World War II." Teaching with Primary Sources. 11 Mar. 2014 . "Japanese Relocation During World War II." National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration. 11 Mar. 2014 . "Japanese-American Internment." Ushistory.org. Independence Hall Association. 11 Mar. 2014 . "Our Story: American History Stories and Activities You Can Do Together." Life in a WWII Japanese-American Internment Camp : More Information. OurStory. 11 Mar. 2014 .

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