Internment of Japanese-Americans

Hannah S- Anthony

Was the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII justified?

The internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII was not justified.

Why were Japanese-Americans put into internment during WWII?

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, people began to suspect that all people of Japanese ancestry were still loyal to their homeland. Franklin D. Roosevelt found out about peoples fear and declared that all people of Japanese ancestry be sent into punishment camps, called internment camps, until the war was over, so they could not do any harm to the U.S.

Why was this unjustified?

This was unjustified for many reasons. One common one is that these people were stripped of their basic civil rights. These people were Americans, with real American citizenship. Most were even born in America, not Japan


Another common reason was because the government had no system to determine who was put into the camps. The thing that makes this the most unjustified is the fact that Japanese-American war veterans that fought for America in the last war were put into the camps, all of them.


One more reason is that the only things internees could bring to the camps were the things that they could carry. There were no mattresses allowed, and personal items, houses, and businesses, were left behind. This was unjustified because these innocent people were forced into internment, with no choice. They should have at least gotten the decency to bring some of their personal items, that they had for their whole lives. They also shouldn't have made them sell their businesses and homes. This is why internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII was unjustified.

How were Japanese Americans treated within the camps?

The treatment of Japanese-American within internment camps is another reason why Japanese-American internment was not justified

Is there anything good about the camps? Any reasons why it might be considered justified?

Actually, yes. Japanese-American internment can be considered justified if you really think about it. There's only one reason on why it could be justified, however. So, this is why it is mostly unjustified. Japanese-American internment could be considered justified because, the handful of Japanese-Americans that weren't loyal to the U.S. , could have hurt America in some way if it weren't for internment camps. So, yes, parts of it could be considered justified, but there is not enough information to consider the whole situation justified.

Did Japanese-Americans live their lives miserably in the camps?

The camps were not fun, and if it weren't for the creative Japanese-Americans, it would have been a very miserable time for the Japanese-Americans. They had their fair share of fun within camps, by creating makeshift sports teams and having singing concerts for the other internees to watch. Kids went to school also, and adults could have jobs if they wanted to. So, the camps were not all bad, there were some good things about them.

Conclusion

The internment of Japanese Americans was not justified because of the way Japanese-Americans were treated, and what happened within the camps. Also, the fact that they're basic rights were taken from them, and they were forced to live in small spaces, in bad conditions. The internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII was not justified.

References

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