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.
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.
The internment of Japanese Americans during WWII was not justified. After Pearl Harbor, many Americans were scared of the Japanese Americans because they could sabotage the U.S. military. To try and solve the fear President Franklin D Roosevelt told the army in Executive order 9066 to relocate all Japanese Americans living on the West Coast. They were relocated to detention centers in the desert. Many of them were in the detention centers for three years.
The ideas that are often associated with World War II are usually related to the deadly warfare that occurred, Nazi Germany, and the utilization of the atomic bomb. However, one of the most overlooked and appalling events that took place throughout World War II was the internment of Japanese Americans. The first prominent event that lead to the start of internment was the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7th, 1941. Consequently, the bombing spurred fear among millions of Americans which would eventually lead the United States into World War II.
The Japanese Internment was caused by a mixture of different reasons. Racial tensions could be blamed. Xenophobia could too. However, those things were already there, like gasoline, waiting for someone to light a match. What was the match?
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Americans were fearful of further Japanese attacks on the West Coast and also of Japanese Americans. In response to this fear, President Roosevelt passed an executive order relocating all people of Japanese descent from the West Coast inland. Similar to the fear of the American people, the witch hunts in the novel The Crucible by Arthur Miller led people to believe that girls in the town were being bewitched. Mass hysteria caused multiple arrests for accusations and even death for the so called “witches”. The theme of fear in both the Crucible and the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII caused people to be easily persuaded with the use of pathos and logos.
A common argument against the opinion that the Japanese American internment was clearly violating the Habeas Corpus, the 4th Amendment and the 14th Amendment is that the President himself issued an order to prevent a person who seems to be a threat to the country from leaving a military area. The President, who wholeheartedly makes decisions with only the welfare of the entirety of the United States of America and it’s citizens. That may be true but it was not necessary to hold these innocent patriotic citizens for almost a full year. There was no evidence pertaining against them nor was their any trail that determined any of the thousand of Japanese Americans to be guilty. The President does specify at the beginning of his order that during
In years preceding World War II, Japanese were greatly mistreated but the true mistreatment did not start until the Japanese Internment. Japanese Internment was the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans in relocation camps. Although World War II is covered in most classes, the story of American citizens who were stripped of their civil liberties, on American soil, during that war is often omitted. This internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II remains of the most shameful events in American History.
This investigation aims to assess the extent to which Japanese-American internment from 1942 to 1946 was a violation of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which declares that, “No person shall be… deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The question must be asked in order to examine the legality of the actions taken by the U.S. government in opposition to American citizens of Japanese extraction (Nisei) and their immigrant parents (Issei). To determine this, the scope of this investigation will concentrate on the reasons for internment and the conditions in which the Japanese people lived during 1942 and 1946, particularly in a camp called Manzanar. One method applied is to explore an oral history interview
The treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II remains a dark shadow in American History. During the 1940s, tensions between the United States and Japan were steadily rising, creating strong anti-Japanese sentiment in the United States. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, many Americans began to suspect all Japanese-Americans of being disloyal and involved in espionage. As a response, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9099, which forced approximately 120,000 Japanese-Americans, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, living in West Coast to relocate to one of seven inland states. When the need for political courage was pressing, only one politician stood up to the challenge: Governor Ralph L. Carr