Pearl Harbor Research Paper

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As Americans, we all have civil rights. After the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, these rights were taken away from the Japanese Americans. They were forced to leave their daily lives (job, house, and friends). These Japanese Americans on the mainland were put into concentration camps and left there for 4 years. During World War II, The Japanese-Americans were withheld from their rights and were forced to leave their homes and relocate to internment camps. During this time, America did not uphold their responsibilities, as the Japanese-Americans were not treated equally.
On the day of the attack, Japan succeeded with their plan of “surprise.” The United States had “ no defenses and many of their guns were not loaded” (Keegan 255). Although they saw many aircrafts approaching through the radar that was installed at the harbor, the Americans thought nothing of it (Keegan 254). Because of the unexpected Japanese move, the United States suffered greatly on December 7, 1941; Japan successfully sank and damaged 18 US ships, 8 battleships, and 180 planes. In addition, thousands of innocent Americans lost their lives that day, and many homes were completely destroyed. Once Yamamoto heard the results of the attack, he was thrilled; Japan successfully carried out their long scheduled attack (Axelrod 152). However, his joy soon ended as on December 8, the day after the bombing, when Roosevelt declared war against Japan (Axelrod 149).
On December 7th, 1941, Japanese aircrafts attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor (Axelrod 148). Before this, the United States had not entered World War II, but this changed everything. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, which consisted of two waves. By the end of the day, many United S...

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...s were deprived from their rights as United States citizens. The United States did not maintain their responsibilities to their people. Before the camps were finished being built, the Japanese Americans were sent to various sights. For example, stables at racetracks were used. The internment camps did not have acceptable conditions. Many fell ill because of diseases that spread very easily and quickly. Also, because they were located in Western states, it was very hard to grow food because the soil was a challenge. Civil rights were taken away from the Japanese Americans for a period of time. It also connects back to World War II, specifically Pearl Harbor, which changed American history. America did not handle their responsibilities well during this period of time. Although there was an inequality of rights, we have grown since then and learned from our mistakes.

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  • Explains that the japanese-americans were forced to leave their daily lives and relocate to internment camps after pearl harbor's attack.
  • Explains that the united states suffered greatly because of the unexpected japanese move on december 7, 1941. yamamoto was thrilled when japan carried out their long scheduled attack. roosevelt declared war against japan.
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