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Japanese Interment After Pearl Harbor Essay

790 words - 4 pages

How would you feel if you were pulled out of your home and were given a few hours to pack up and then taken to an unknown place? That’s what happened to more than 127,000 Japanese American residents (U.S History) after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor was a U.S Navy base west of Honolulu; 2400 were killed, 21 ships destroyed, and 188 airplanes demolished. The attack happened on December 7th 1941 when President Roosevelt was in office. The hospitality that was once well known had disappeared. All Japanese Americans were instantly treated as spies for their home country; Japan. After the bombing, the Japanese were captured, maintained, and fortunately released.
In 1942 President Roosevelt signed a bill ordering all Japanese Americans in to concentration camps for the entire length of World War II (U.S History). This bill was known as “Establishing the War Relocation Authority in the Executive Office of the President and Defining its Functions and Duties” or more easily known as “Order 9066” (Thinkquest). About 127,000 were taken away from their homes and mistakenly treaded as spies. Ten camps were established throughout the U.S: Tule Lake, Minidoka, Heart Mountain, Topaz, Amache, Manakazas, Poston, Gila River, Rohiver, and Jerome. Each having the same functionality: to hold as many potential Japanese American spies but the U.S took no chances. Without knowing it, the U.S was undertaking the same operation as the Nazis in Germany. However in contrast with the Nazis, the conditions and chances of survival within the camps were much higher and better.
All of the camps throughout the U.S were fenced and heavily guarded all around in fear of possible information being leaked to Japan. Each camp was divided into blocks and each block had 14 dormitories, 1 lunchroom and 1 fitness center. Disregarding the hostility of the area, life was almost normal. Children were educated, people were fed 3 meals a day (very small meals), and everyone was almost free to do what they please (Thinkquest). Although many did survive, there are those among the unfortunate who have been unable to have been freed. “Finally getting out of the camps was a great day. It felt so good to get out of the gates and just know that you are going home finally. Home wasn’t where I left it though....

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