Treatment Of Italian Americans During Ww Ii

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exercise #3 During world war two Italian-Americans faced many problems in everyday life because of the war. They dealed with the challenges such as relocation, exclusion, and internment. These restrictions were a grave problem for the Italian-Americans because they became prisoners in there own country.The first of these challenges was internment. In 1941 Japanese, italian, and German alians were put under arrest. This was because of a list made two years earlier by FBI director Hoover. The list was made up of people considered to be pro-fascists, anti-fascists, pro-communists, pro-nazis, and some Jewish refugees. It was decided in 1798 that government had the power to detain aliens at any time of national emergency anyone on that list could be arrested. When these arrests took place people were taken from there homes and sent to a near by camp. The arrestees weren't even informed of the charges against them, nor did they receive a defense attorney. Many of these people continued to move from camp to camp for two years when the war ended.Also restrictions were put into place. All enemy aliens were to register at there local post office and be finger printed, photographed, and had to carry the photo id stating they were enemy aliens at all times. Furthermore they were not permited to travel more then a five mile radius from there homes, and if they wanted to travel farther they would have to apply for a travel permit. All enemy aliens had to turn in all firearms. But they also had to turn in things like short wave radios, cameras, devices that could be used to sand signals. Like flashlights. Once confiscated most were never returned to there owners. The enemy aliens on the west coast were also given curfews. From 8:00pm to 6:00am there were to be in there homes. These restrictions created many problems in the areas of employment and food supply....

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