Frank Picot

Japanese Internment Camps

Background Info

During WW2 over 127,000 people with Japanese ancestry were imprisoned on american soil. They were moved into these camps because they were accused of being infiltrators of the United States and the residents of the U.S. were becoming scared of the Japanese. President Roosevelt gave the executive order to relocate all people of Japanese decent into concentration camps during the time of WW2. Most of the camps were located on the west coast where a majority of the Japanese people were. During the waiting time of the camps being constructed Japanese were held in temporary centers such as stables at local racetracks. Two-Thirds of the people being held were born in america and had never been to Japan. Regardless they were taken prisoner and forced in to the internment camps.
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Perspective #1

Some people thought president Roosevelt made a terrible idea using internment camps. Succumbing to bad advice and popular opinion, President Roosevelt signed an executive order in February 1942 ordering the relocation of all Americans of Japanese ancestry to concentration camps in the interior of the United States. Most news articles say that putting the Japanese people into internment camps was a terrible idea. He was putting people into the camps and some of them hadn't even been to Japan. Most of the people in the internment camps were born in america and thought that what was happening to them was unfair because they for the war just as much as a regular white american. After the war Roosevelt felt awful for what he did to the Japanese and gave every survivor of the camps $20,000.
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Perspective #2

On the other hand people felt that if the Japanese weren't in the internment camps then there would have been an inside job on american soil. People were scared for their lives so they were all for putting them in the camps. Even the supreme court felt that it was necessary which is show in the court case Hirabayashi v. United States and Korematsu v. United States. They felt that if the Japanese people were allowed to live on the west coast they would sneak in people from japan and they would bomb the americans on their soil. President Roosevelt felt that the Internment camps were the only way to prevent something like that happening so he signed the executive order for it.
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Media Bias

I think that putting the japanese people through that made us no better than the germans. Although there were no where as many deaths compared to the Germans, it was still wrong to put them through that. They put people that had lived in the U.S. for their entire life into the camps and they were treated terribly just for being Japanese on american soil. Some japanese people were fighting in the war and they were even put in the internment camps. In the end after the war the United States realized what they did was wrong and gave every survivor $20,000 and i feel that, that isnt enough payment for what they suffered.

Historical Criticism

These internment camps were only allowed to happen because of the time period they happened in. If a President tried to do this today he would get impeached because its unconstitutional to treat someone like this. The supreme court wouldnt have ruled against the people that tried to get the internment camps shut down. They would have been voted in favor of. In the past white people have only run the country and now that we have had a black president i think people see somethings in a different light and they realize this stuff shouldnt have been able to happen.

Cultural Criticism

People in the united states thought all japanese people were terrorist because of the war. They were afraid of the Japanese american people because they thought they would get attacked in their homes. I dont think that american people that were in Japan at the time were taken prisoner just because their white. I think its only american people that were afraid of the japanese people.
Japanese Relocation - U.S. Gov't Explanation 1942 (Japanese Internment Camps)