America's Dark Past

internment of Japanese-Americans

After the Bombings

On December 7, 1941 the Japanese Air Force attacked the United States navel port Pearl Harbor. This was the final push that made the United States officially declared war on the Axis Powers. After Pearl Harbor, the United States public became worried that Americans of Japanese ancestry would side with Japan and begin attacking the U.S. This fear of the rebellion lead to Japanese Interment camps.

First Notice

Soon after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt ordered the relocation and incarceration of between 110,00 and 120,000 people of Japanese descent that lived on the Pacific Coast. Of these people, approximately sixty-two percent were American Citizens. This poster was used to inform the Japanese-Americans that they would soon be forced to leave their homes to live in a camp.
George Takei on Life Inside a Japanese Internment Camp During WWII

First Person Account of Interment and Life After

Was It Worth It?

In member of 1944 the Supreme Court handed down two decisions dealing with the interment camps. The rulings stated that the evictions were legal in the name of military necessity but the incarceration was unnecessary. These ruling lead to the shutting down of the camps. Those who were put in the camps were given $25 and a train ticket back to their homes. During the entire time of the war there are no factual account of any Japanese-American showing any signs of betraying the Untied States.