Today is February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066. Executive Order 9066 forces all Japanese-Americans regardless of loyalty or citizenship, to evacuate the west. In early 1942, the Roosevelt Administration was pressured to remove people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. Roosevelt was pressured to do, this because he felt that some Japanese-Americans were plotting a sabotage against the US, following the bomb of Pearl Harbor. You may be surprised to find out that the count of Japanese-Americans living in the US is at 127,000.
Another reason was because the people were paranoid that all Japanese were like the ones who attacked Pearl Harbor so the government did it to please the people(Velanquez). The last reason they did it was because they wanted to keep America safe and they didn 't want it to happen again. They thought if they put the Japanese people in the internment camps then that would solve their
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.
The author of this speech was President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This speech was the president’s address to the nation in reaction to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The president was arguing in favor of declaring war against Japan based on what had occurred previously on an American Navy base. The president stated that “I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.”(Roosevelt) The president was able to rally the nation because of his ability to accentuate our opponents lack of character, while simultaneously ensuring our victory. The reason that the argument was effective was because the president was able to ensure that the people realized how unforgivable the element of
foreign and domestic policies because it scared Americans and caused tension within the country and worldwide, leading to a lack of trust within the country. The second Red Scare, propaganda, Russian growth in power, nuclear tension, and the Hollywood Ten were all parts of the war that damaged American policies. Civilians lost trust between one another and within the government. Communism intimidated many people, and the Cold War made it appear as though it would soon take over the world. However, Truman and Eisenhower made it evident that the United States was fighting for innocent civilians worldwide, but they could not promise a steady government or country while the tension exists with Russia, but the nation is doing what they must(Document C).
The military would tell their soldiers that the kamikaze attacks were for the good of their country, which led the soldiers to believe that their patriotism and pride was more important than their own lives. The Japanese’s apathy for their people and their inhumane warfare needed to be stopped. The US found significant issues with firing of an atomic bomb, such as the civilian casualties it could cause and the post-war problems it could create with the Russians. Despite the possible repercussions of the atomic bomb, Truman would be right to fire off the atomic bomb into a major Japanese city. He would be right to do this because of how it would protect the american citizens from future attacks on American soil.
Even though it was very inhumane to cause a fellow breed of the human race such a severe amount of suffering, we fairly warned Japan that disaster would come if they didn’t surrender. Furthermore, we had still been pondering among our hostility from Pearl Harbor, in which we never retaliated to. Most importantly, to prevent the loss of American lives, we had to strike at once. Therefore, President Truman’s decision to drop both bombs on Japan was extremely necessary to ensure the safety of American citizens. On account of us presenting Japan with a fair warning that calamity was coming, it was an entirely fair match.
I do not think that Roosevelt 's actions were justified in the internment of Japanese-American citizens, because there was very little evidence that the Japanese citizens were a threat to the rest of America. The Executive Order 9066 led to a lot of changes for Japanese-American citizens. The Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Roosevelt two weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and this authorized the removal of any or all people from military areas "as deemed necessary or desirable." This affected the Japanese-American citizens because the military then defined the entire West Coast, which was home to the majority of Japanese-Americans, as a military area. This then led them to relocate to internment camps, built by the U.S military in scattered locations around the country.
Pearl Harbor was the first serious foreign attack on American soil. Being an attack from a foreign military, carrying out an order from the government. Resulting in large a amount of American casualties and forcing America to enter the war against the Axis Powers. But, could this attack been avoided all together? The Japanese invaded China in 1937, which forced America to take action.
Japan tried to cause severe and disabling damage to United States’ Navy fleet (Parrish, Ann). This is what Japan was thinking. When was the attack launched by Japan on Pearl Harbor? The attack occurred on December 7, 1941. This was due, in large part, to General Tojo becoming the leader of Japan, which occurred in October 1941 (Doerr, Paul Walker).