Papers On Japanese Internment Camps

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Japanese Interment Camps

The Japanese internment camps were areas designed to send Japanese-American citizens during World War II. Since Japan was at war with the United States, many people feared Japanese spies. Because of this on February 19, 1942, President, Theodore Roosevelt decided to issue executive order 9066. This caused anyone with Japanese heritage to be moved inland into internment camps if they lived along the west coast. The Japanese internment camps were unjustified despite preventing some hate crimes against the Japanese by isolating them. These camps unfairly took away people's freedom, nearly 2,000 people died, and the residents lost around 400,000,000 in property during their imprisonment.
The camps imprisoned roughly 120,000 …show more content…

The property loss made the Japanese Americans suffer long after the war ended. Upon re-entering the real world, they were treated worse than ever. Being refused service from places and fired from jobs. Without their former property, it made it harder for them to return to their normal lives. In 1948, congress paid 38 million dollars in reparations. This only amounted to only one-fourth of what was taken from them. Again, forty years later 20,000 dollars was paid to over 80,000 Japanese-Americans who were detained in the camps. Adding up to over 1.6 billion dollars paid through the reparations. Although the money was helpful to them, it still doesn’t make things right. They were forced to face many hardships throughout the years because of the camps and their effects. Although the vast majority of the Japanese in the camps were sent by the United States, Canada also sent 21,000 Japanese citizens to the camps. Anyone who was a minimum of 1/16 Japanese was brought to the camps. Oregon, Washington, and California were the areas the most Japanese were evacuated to the camps. There were ten camps total that spanned across several states. While the Japanese were detained, the FBI was sent to search thousands of Japanese homes to take items that were considered contraband at the time. Around 17,000 children under the age of ten were all locked away in the Interment …show more content…

He got plastic surgery in an attempt to conceal his identity. He pretended he was of Spanish and Hawaiian descent and changed his name to Clyde Sarah. This decision did not help him in the long run. 6 months later, he was arrested. While he waited in Jail, the American Civil Liberties Union represented him. But, he was convicted of evading military orders. However, this was not the end. He appealed the case and after long court battles, the case made its way to the supreme court. Unfortunately, the court ruled in a 6-3 decision it was not based on race and was a “military

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