Essay on American Japanese Internment

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The United States of America is no stranger to war. Throughout history, many Americans gave their lives for this country. America has been involved in many conflicts ranging from our first colonial settlers fighting amongst the Native Americans, to present day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. War has also brought our country together; however, it also has divided this great nation. During these wars certain American races have been caught in the crossfire. The ethnic groups range from Native Americans during the Indian Wars, to the treatment of African Americans during and after the Civil War. In this paper, I want to focus on World War II. Everyone knows what went on in Europe and the Pacific Ocean, but I want to focus on the …show more content…
The rest consisted of Issei (immigrants born Japan, but were ineligible for US citizenship). Even before Pearl Harbor, in places like California, racism directed towards Asian immigrants was very common. So the fact that Japan masterminded the attack, it made it even easier for Americans to direct their hatred towards Japanese Americans. The United States Executive Order 9066 was issued on 19 February, 1942, and thus began the round up of the entire ethnic Japanese population in the West Coast. At first, the order authorized the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones. There were many internment camps placed mainly on Native American land, and located throughout the mid-west. Even Colorado had a camp named Granada War Relocation Center. There were some guidelines for these War Relocation Centers. They needed to be able to house 5,000 people, ability to provide work and adequate transportation, power facilities, sufficient area of quality soil, water, and climate. The federal government spent millions on these camps, which put a dent in the effort to fund the war over seas. Life and treatment insides the camps weren’t comparable to the death camps the Nazis were running; however, many Japanese Americas struggled through the hardships of being imprisoned. Most of their housing was without plumbing or cooking areas. In Wyoming, Japanese Americans were rounded up so fast, most left with the clothes on their back. We all know

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