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How Did The Homefront Experience Of African Americans During Ww2

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Chris Matkowski
Mr. Barbuto
Honors U.S. History II
12/8/16
Homefront Experience While there was many problems occurring in WWII, there were also issues at home that were over looked. African Americans who helped fight in the war were still being treated poorly. Discrimination was still high. The African Americans were not getting the treatment they deserved. Along with the poor treatment of the African American, the treatment of Japanese Americans was even worse. Just because they were Japanese they were put into horrible situations and treated as the enemy since the U.S.A. was mainly fighting against Japan. African Americans during WWII were fighting more than just a war against the Axis Powers, they were also fighting a war at home. …show more content…

Just because of their ethnicity, Japanese, they had to endure many obscure punishments from the government. Some things that Japanese Americans had to endure were the internment camps, Executive Order 9066, Korematsu v. United States (1944) and the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team. During WWII, most Americans saw any Japanese person as a threat to their safety. The U.S. government issued a complete relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps. Internment means putting a person in prison or other kind of detention, generally in wartime. The American government put Japanese-Americans in internment camps, fearing they might be loyal to Japan. This was allowed to be done because of Executive Order 9066, designated the West Coast a war zone and anyone could be removed. Over 100,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans were put into internment camps. The Supreme Court case Korematsu v. United States in 1944 was about it the U.S. government had the right to take away the Japanese Americans' civil liberties to protect the country against any espionage. When Executive Order 9066 was passed, Fred Korematsu, refused to leave his home in San Leandro, California. He was convicted for not leaving his home and he appealed it and in 1944 his case reached the Supreme Court. At the end of the trial the Supreme Court had a 6-3 majority ruling in the governments favor, stating that Executive Order 9066 was …show more content…

Both races were treated poorly and thought to be a lesser man because they were not white. Even though there were rough times for both races, discrimination for the African Americans and the internment camps for the Japanese Americans, they still preserved through it all to prove themselves to the white

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