What if you and your family got kicked out of your house, moved across the country, were forced to live in stables and fed rotten food all because you had a great grandfather who was Japanese? This is how it was for the Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast of the U.S., all because of their Japanese ancestors. How could the Japanese-Americans put an end to this outrageous disaster? How could it have been avoided? Around the 1940’s, over 120,000 Japanese-Americans were removed from their own houses to ten different internment camps across America.
How would you like to be forced out of your home and then sent to a location where you were forced to live there for an unknown amount of time? Well about 120,000 Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and sent to internment camps during World War II. The United States has been one of the most powerful and most imitated Nation throughout the world. However the United states is not perfect as it has made mistakes and unpolitical decisions that were based on fear and prejudeuce. Two months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed the Executive Order 9066 ordering all Japanese-Americans to evacuate the West Coast.
Pearl Harbor created an overwhelming fear amongst the citizens of America of the Japanese. After the attack, Franklin Roosevelt released the Executive Order 9066 which prohibited the Japanese from entering the Pacific Coast, unless they were in an internment camp. The Wartime Civil Control Administration, and War Relocation Authority became two of the biggest internment camps. Likewise in Canada, fear started
Lobbyists from western states, many representing competing economic interests or nativist groups, pressured Congress and the President to remove persons of Japanese descent from the west coast, both foreign born (issei – meaning “first generation” of Japanese in the U.S.) and American citizens (nisei – the second generation of Japanese in America, U.S. citizens by birthright.) During Congressional committee hearings, Department of Justice representatives raised constitutional and ethical objections to the proposal, so the U.S. Army carried out the task instead. The West Coast was divided into military zones, and on February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 authorizing exclusion. Congress then implemented the order on March 21, 1942, by passing Public Law
How would you feel if one day you were told to leave your whole life behind to live in captivity just because people halfway across the world did something wrong? This horror story was all too true for the thousands of Japanese Americans alive during World War II. Almost overnight, thousands of proud Japanese Americans living on the west coast were forced to leave their homes and give up the life they knew. The United States government was not justified in the creation of Japanese internment camps because it stripped law-abiding American citizens of their rights out of unjustified fear. Furthermore, the United States should do more to compensate the families of those impacted by internment because the recompense provided initially was minimal and should be considered an affront to the memory of the victims.
In World War II under the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt a document was signed that changed the lives of more than 120,000 people. This document was Executive Order 9066 which disclosed the orders of evacuating all Japanese-Americans from the West Coast (Lecture 12/1). This decision came to realization two months after the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 1941. This event sparked paranoia with the President and the American people, because there were Japanese people living within the U.S. and they feared that the Japanese population would invaded America thinking that they were loyal to Japan. Due to the concern of the public, President Roosevelt was pressured to sign Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942 (Lecture
Both Japanese Americans and Jewish people were relocated, forcing them to move. In an interview with George Takei, he adds “Armed soldiers with guns would take them out of their houses.” Additionally, both victims were thought to be threatening. In the article about concentration camps, it adds “First, these camps were used to jail those who opposed Hitler’s government or were thought to threaten it.” Japanese Americans threatened the loyalty and trust of the U.S. Furthermore, Japanese Americans and Jews were held in camps with security. George Takei quotes “Barb wired camps and gun points.” Concentration camps had no way of escaping because all of the guards and high barb wired surrounding them.
Some Japanese-Americans died in the camps, because of lack of medical care, and food shorted.” “The soldiers shot them if they did not follow the rules or orders the camp had.” “As it states on www.ushistory.org “In 1944, two and a half years after signing executive order 9066, Fourth-term President Franklin D. Roosevelt resigned the order, the last internment camp was closed by the end of 1945.” “In 1988 the congress paid each survivor of the camps twenty thousand dollars.” “It is estimated that seventy three million dollars people are still getting their money for the violation of their freedom.” “At the end, President Ronald Reagan signed a paper that provided an apology to the Japanese for putting them in the Internment
On December 8th, 1941 Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the nation with his infamous speech known as the “Infamy Speech”. The speech is still known to this day with the time length as short as seven minutes and after the speech. Congress declared war on Japan and was the start for America to intervene in World War II. This speech is a great example of rhetoric with its context, audience, purpose, message, means of delivery, and timing. The context behind Roosevelt’s speech was the tragedy that was the attack on Pearl Harbor where 2,335 American lives were killed by kamikaze Japanese zeroes, the nation was shocked and wondered why this would happen.
It was the first law not allowing immigration into the United States. The Chinese Exclusion Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Chester A. Arthur in 1882 during spring. Congress made it longer for 10 years because of the Geary Act since the exclusion act ended in 1892. It was the first law not allowing immigration into the United States. It was permanent in the year 1902.
The Executive Order 9066 is where the order for the internment camps originated from. It shows how the American government addressed the Japanese-Americans living in the United States. At first everyone including the President defended the Japanese living in the United States until the Niihau incident where two Hawaiian born with Japanese ethnics helped and aided a downed pilot that assisted in the attacks of Pearl Harbor. After that the fear of Espionage became a huge concern and the racially motivated crimes and discrimination against the Japanese-American’s, is why the Executive Order 9006 was signed and enforced. The order forced 120,000 Japanese-Americans with most of them being American citizens to leave their homes, businesses and American constitutional rights behind and spend the war years behind barbed wire (By, 1988).
The Japanese Americans were treated unfairly during their captivation in the internment camps. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the US into the second World War making the Japanese people an easy target for hate and suspicion. The American government forced all Japanese Americans into internment camps that were extremely cramped and unsanitary. The anti-Japanese propaganda influenced by the raging war just outside America, fueled Americans with hatred and distrust towards these immigrants which in turn made the engagement of the Japanese people, as well as culture such an easy feat. The United States was launched into WWII on December 7, 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced relocation and incarceration in camps in the interior of the country of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who had lived on the Pacific coast. Sixty-two percent of the internees were United States citizens. This particular case took place due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the suspicion of the American people. There is however a rising question to the internment of these people. What is the true cause of their relocation?
The Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor caused Japanese Americans to face discrimination. They were viewed as spies and suspicious. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were sent to one of 10 internment camps. Japanese Americans should receive reparations from the U.S. government because it was unfair what happened to them during WWII. Life for Japanese Americans in the camps was bad.