The Japanese Relocation Act

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Tranh Vo Mrs. Reeder English III April 2014 Executive Order 9066 Do you know what the American Japanese went through during World War II? One of the most life-changing documents in American history was the Japanese Relocation Act. Formally known as Executive Order 9066, the Japanese Relocation Act forced the Japanese Americans into internment camps, affecting the way they lived and what they had. Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, the order marked a significant time in the lives of the American Japanese. What was it that made the order so significant? "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" (Roosevelt). It all started during World War II. The Empire of Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor in attempt to stall the United States, so Japan could get resources by conquering the Dutch East Indies. The bombing of Pearl Harbor caused many of American’s fears. Franklin D. Roosevelt was put under pressure, as military and political advisors encouraged him to answer the fear of additional Japanese attacks (“FDR signs Executive Order 9066”). In addition, many Japanese Americans, at the time, flourished near the Pacific Coast. Concerned about the safety of the nearby war assets, military commanders petitioned the Secretary of War to step get involved (Encyclopædia). In response, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942 (Resulting). Initially, the order permitted the Secretary of War and his commanders to institute military areas they could dictate. One thing they could also dictate was who would attend these areas (Encyclopædia). Originally, the order did not target any certain g... ... middle of paper ... ..., but they were not welcomed. People expressed hostility towards the Japanese Americans across the West Coast. One proof of this was signs that were posted by villages. These signs demanded the internees to never return. Chased out of the West Coast, the Japanese Americans would eventually migrate away from the West, where they would be migrated across the country where they would then stay (“Japanese-American Internment”). In conclusion, Executive Order 9066 affected the Japanese’s lives and their property during World War II. Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, the order is a significant document in the United States’ history. Many things lead up to its signing, many were targeted by its wrath, and many questioned its reasoning. All of this contributed to the significance of Executive Order 9066. There is no doubt that our American documents shape the way we live.
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