Japanese Internment Camps In The Crucible

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Japanese Crucible Clarence Drewa Hour: Last Over 127,00 U.S. citizens were imprisoned during World War 2 just because of having japanese ancestry. Putting the Japanese Americans into internment camps shows how there was hatred and unjust behavior towards one another in America. This is also shown in Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible”. The Crucible and the Japanese internment camps also have something in common, they both were caused by hysteria and greed. In both of these incidents, the people that were being accused were average citizens. The witches that were being accused were normal people whose only fault was not being liked by a fellow citizen. The accused Japanese were average American citizens like you and me; their only fault was…show more content…
In both situations the people used it to their advantage to get ahead of others. In the The Crucible we see greed take place in many different forms. An example would when Abigail Williams accuses a woman of witchcraft because she loves that woman's husband. "I know how you clutch my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I come near you! Or did I dream of that? It's she put me out, you cannot pretend it were you. I saw your face when she put me out, and you loved me then and you do now!"  (Miller 22) This refers to how Abigail was kicked from John Proctor's by his wife Goody Proctor. Another scenario in the book was when people were accusing other people of witchcraft just so they can get their land.Then when the Japanese were forced from their homes, lots of the white people stole their household items and other pieces of property. The also destroyed their homes and sold their businesses. "The excluded Japanese suffered enormous damages and losses, both material and intangible. The loss of farms, businesses, and homes, disruption of careers and professional lives and long-term loss of income, earnings and opportunity is in-calculable. In 1983 dollars, the loss was determined to fall between $810 million and $2 billion dollars.  (Hal Sterns 1) This Quote came from a article I read and it basicly showed all the things thaat the white people did to the Japanese people’s stuff when the were in the…show more content…
They lied and manipulated the court into believing their stories. They did this for lots of reasons. One was because females were not allowed many rights let alone any power in their city. Through the witch trials and lies they gained power in Salem. Also, they were trying to win over lovers by accusing their wives and getting them hung. The accusers used the trials to settle situations such as the death of a loved one by blaming it on witchcraft. It was not quite like that in the Japanese Internment experience. The accuser now was the government not little girls. And there was a document that the government used to do this. This document gave the Secretary of the U.S. the power to exclude any people, citizen or alien, from certain areas in order to provide security for the U.S. Pretty much it gave the government the power to round up all the Japanese Americans and place them in Internment camps. It was not about money or land like The Crucible. It was done to protect the U.S. from Japanese
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