Following the start of World War II and due to bad advice and popular opinion, President Roosevelt's executive order 9066 went into effect. This order began the marshalling of over 100,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps. Camps were located throughout the most harshest western states. This order was enacted to protect the Japanese Americans from harm by the hands of Americans. It was also ordered to prevent any type of espionage because it was believed the Japanese Americans may still have allegiance to their farmer homeland of Japan. Many Americans were worried that people of Japanese heritage, would become spies or saboteurs for Japan. The United States
The Japanese were put into internment camps for a safety precaution because of what their country did to our Military base. All of their personal belongings were taken after they packed only 1 luggage per family. They were forced into terrible living conditions and they couldn 't even buy their own land in the internment camp.
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.
Their civil rights were violated because they took away everything that they had and they were an American citizens. Even though they were born in the U.S. they were still put into camps as American citizens. Even though this violated their civil rights they still did what they were told because most of the were truly American citizens. “The internment of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II sparked constitutional and political debate” (national archives).
President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a decision that would change the lives of Japanese-Americans on February 19, 1942, two months following the Japanese bombings on Pearl Harbor. On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the internment of over 110,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident immigrants from Japan1. Meaning that Japanese-Americans, regardless of their U.S. citizenship, were forced to evacuate their homes and businesses and then proceed to move to remote war relocation and internment camps run by the U.S. Government.
To start off, Americans weren’t affected by the Japanese Internment Camps as much as Germans, and those in surrounding countries, were by the Nazi Concentration Camps. As said in the American Propaganda Video, Japanese-Americans were, “...potentially dangerous…” and that the relocation of them was, “...with real consideration for the people involved.” Most Americans didn’t know the truth about the Japanese Internment Camps so they were, if anything, comfortable with the decision. However, this wasn’t the case with the Nazi Concentration Camps. Germans who didn’t remain loyal to Hitler were sent to a Concentration Camp, leaving thousands of Germans living in fear. Other countries, like Poland, were also affected by this, Concentration Camps were built in Poland and all Jewish people living in Poland were put into a camp. Additionally, the effects the camps have on people today are completely different. Even today the Holocaust is affecting Jewish people. Many survivors need therapy because of what happened inside of the camps and a lot refrain from telling their experiences because it brings back painful memories. On the other hand, the majority of Japanese-Americans that survived were left in a stable position with less long term effects when compared to the Nazi Concentration Camps. Above
Throughout the history of our country hatred has been common, as Immigrants enter our homeland they are looked down upon and thought of people who are “destroying” this nation. All these new people coming in are only seeking new opportunities but are discouraged by other because of their ancestry. Humanity’s unjust behaviors can be seen in two different aspects of America 's history, we first see it in the internment of the Japanese Americans during WWII and the period of the Salem Witch trials. Arthur Miller’s dramatized play, The Crucible can be correlated to the event of Pearl Harbor because of the similarities between the Japanese Americans and the characters in the play; they both demonstrate the lives of civilians being ruined, a mass hysteria caused by fear of their neighbors, and lack of a just court system.
The Internment Camps life. Japanese forced to stay in the camps way smaller than their homes. But that wasn 't the end, they forced them to work for hours a day with little food and not good care.This is extremely sad since we know today they were not spies for Japan, but civilians.
It ties into explore by the government making the decision of signing Executive Order 9066. The government explored new ways of keeping any Japanese spies contained in internment campss. After Pearl Harbor, the Japanese experienced racism and exclusion of other people. Signs were put on stores and neighborhoods saying, “No Japs!” Also, military was encountered on a daily basis for the Japanese while in internment camp. Guards made sure that there would be no escapees by surrounding the camp with guard towers. Finally, the government exchanged human rights for the safety of the country. They forced the Japanese into internment camps for two years. The people of Japanese ancestry had their rights taken away from them in order to keep spies from giving critical information to Japan while World War II. Japan finally lost the war, allowing the internees to be set
The Japanese internment camps are different from the Nazi concentration camps because of causing intentional harm or causing unintentional harm. The Nazi’s intentionally killed the Jews at the death camps, but the US didn 't intentionally kill any Japanese. The Nazis wanted to kill the Jews, they sent them to death camps, but the Americans just relocated the Japanese inland and all the Japanese death were from natural causes. The Nazis separated families to cause panic and pain, but the US kept the Japanese families together. Once the Jews got to the camps the men, women, and children reciprocated and did different jobs. The Americans took the whole family to a camp where they were given a dwelling. According to the George Takei and the Holocaust Documentry,the Natzi’s overworked their prisoners but thee United States did not. The Natzis intentonally over worked their prisoners until they could no longer work, but the United states only had them work to benefit their communities.The Natzis intualy caused harm but any harm conflicted by the Unites States was
On the date of Feb 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order. This executive order forced all Japanese American citizens, regardless of their loyalty to the country. It forced them to evacuate their homes and not just the Japanese Americans in a particular part of the country all Japanese Americans would be put into internment camps. At one point in time all of the camps combined held 120,000 Japanese Americans. This was all cause due to the fact that the Japanese Military at the time bombed Pearl Harbor an American Naval base in Hawaii. All of the camps closed by June in 1946. And in 1988 congress awarded restitution payments to each survivor of the Japanese internment camp.
As opposed to righteous view that America was safeguarding its position in the war, the Japanese American internments were created out of resentment and racial prejudice fostered by other Americans. As the article “Personal Justice Denied” stated, the internments were led by “widespread ignorance of Japanese Americans contributed to a policy conceived in haste and executed in an atmosphere of fear and anger at Japan” (Doc E, 1983). It may seem like a precautionary cause to make internments but there aren’t any other extreme measures for other fronts. Caused by a hatred stirred by media and society’s view, many people disdain the Japanese. Even at the high levels of government, officials share similar prejudices. In this sense, there was very
They were put into internment camps due to Americans believing that they were all dangerous. This was because of Pearl Harbor. It made Japanese Americans feeling like they were all at fault, when they clearly were not. When it all started, anyone of Japanese descent was terrified to be taken to a camp, or worse. They were being arrested left and right, sometimes for things they didn't even do. “Five Hundred Japanese Families lived there then, and FBI deputies had been questioning everyone, ransacking houses for anything that could conceivably used for signaling planes or ships ar that indicated loyalty to the Emperor.”(Houston and Houston 7). Papa ended up getting arrested for delivering oil to Japanese submarines offshore. Manzanar made most people there feel like prisoners, or like they were animal in a cage. They were not treated well, had poor living conditions, and they faced daily discrimination. Many people of Japanese ancestry were affected by
In the George Takei interview he states that he was forced to take a loyalty test and based off those answers they will be sent to an appropriate camp (George Takei). This is similar to how the Nazi party imprisoned anyone openly against them because if the answers on the loyalty test were wrong they would be sent to a stricter security camp. The Japanese-Americans have their rights taken away from them and they were forced to relocate to prison like camps to work. This is similar to the Nazi camps because all of the rights of the Jews were stolen from them (Holocaust Documentary) . Both camps had a minimum supply of food and water. Even though the camps are similar main factors make them