Japanese Internment Camps In America Essay

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The following events caused the tensions to raise between Japan and The United States of America which led up to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Internment of Japanese Americans. They are the Rape of Nanking and the sudden stop of U.S exports to Japan. In the 1930s Japan, had become very nationalistic, militaristic, and desired for more land to expand the population. So, Japan went to China and conquered Manchuria, Northern China, then most of China, and eventually Southeast Asia. This help Japan get out of its economic crisis but soon a very tragic and horrendous even took place. The Rape of Nanking was a total massacre of the Chinese because at the time it was a glorified city that stood testament to China’s wealth and beauty. Within a …show more content…

In the Anonymous Letter to Attorney General Biddle, the person brings up specific reasons how the violation of rights occurred. “In the case of the Nisei it is a complete abrogation of American citizen’s rights… As for the Issei—by what right do we discriminate against them as aliens when we won’t allow them to become citizens?” (Anonymous, March 16, 1942). This quote questions the justification the U.S. government used to lock up the Japanese Americans. The government used the fact the parents of the Nisei (Issei) were aliens and since they’re aliens they must be disloyal to America. This was not the case because the Government didn’t allow the Issei to become citizens because of bias stereotypes the Americans had of the Issei. The Nisei had their rights violated because by birth they were Americans so that automatically makes them loyal to America. When the government came and collected them, they were given questionnaires that was supposed to prove their loyalty on how they answered, which meant the government was collecting all types of private information without valid reason which is in violation of The Fourth Amendment. When Robert Gordon Sproul gave his speech, he took the stance of defending the Japanese Americans. “The American citizen of Japanese ancestry

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