What ACTUALLY happened to the Japs?

The true story... revealed

During World War II, 110,000-120,000 Japanese Americans were forced to relocate because of their race. People of Japanese ancestry were sent to internment camps shortly after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. During this time, the American government wanted to make it seem like the Japanese are moving because they want to live a better life together. But the reality was much different from what Americans imagined.

The Effect of the Attack

Soon after Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were treated much differently from what they used to be treated like. Before the attack, Japanese Americans were looked at as normal citizens. But after Pearl Harbor, they were treated as evacuees, and as prisoners. Every aspect of their life was changed. They were sent to internment camps, and lost their whole identity! All Americans never wanted the Japanese Americans to live with them, they considered the Japanese Americans unequal to themselves. Yet still thought that Japanese Americans were moving for the best... not knowing what was actually going to happen to them.

What the government wanted you to think...

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The Americans expected that Japanese Americans would live life luxuriously. One internment camp that the Japanese Americans moved to was what used to be an old horse race track. In this photo, the family is posing in front of a statue called the Seabiscuit, which was a very famous racing horse in America(and won many medals). This photo makes it look like a happy family taking a picture in front of an American heirloom. But it doesn't show what the camp actually looked like. It doesn't show the latrines, public showers, and unsanitary conditions that the Japanese Americans faced.

The Reality...

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The government and media fooled many Americans at the time, not showing what the internment camps were actually like. In reality, Japanese Americans were not living a luxurious lifestyle. The conditions they faced like the cramped houses, and malnourishment really shows the opposite of what the government wanted the Americans to think. This picture shows the internees arriving at an internment camp in Salinas Rodeo Grounds. This photo is taken in the same area as the previous photo. As you can see, some of the Japanese moved quickly into barracks that weren't even built yet. While others moved directly into horse stalls.

What happened in the end?

In 1945, Japanese Americans were allowed to leave the internment camps. In time, the internment came to be seen as a great injustice. In 1988, congress awarded each surviving internee twenty thousand dollars and the US government officially apologized for the internment.