Japanese Internment Camps
America's Forgotten Past
The Reality of the Internment
The Japanese internment camps were not as luxurious as presented. They were presented to the American people as the picture on the right, beautiful, spacious living facilities in which the Japanese could live. When the Japanese were actually presented with their homes it turns out that they were none of the above. As you can see below, families were jammed into single roomed barracks and given only one blanket, one bed, and one light bulb.
The Japanese People's Willingness to go into Internment
The way Japanese internment was presented to the American people was not even close to how it was perceived within these Japanese-American families. In the image to the right, the family looks eager to drop everything they are doing and move to these camps. In the propaganda video we watched in class, it stated that families voluntarily signed the papers and got ready to move. But we know from the book, "When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka, that this was not the case. As we can see in the image below these families were forced out of their homes, lives, and jobs to go live in these camps.