After the bombing of Pearl Harbor during WW11, American’s started bringing in thousands of Japanese Americans into concentration camps from the Western Coast. U.S. Pearl Harbor was the height of two decades of tension and mistrust between two nations.
With that being said President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which ordered all Japanese American to go to one of the ten concentration camps in the United States. They were forced to live here for years because it was considered a military necessity to keep them consolidated. American’s anxiety was heightened and Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans were considered enemies. But as an American do we have any idea what it is like to live the life of a Japanese American inside of a Internment camp?
In mid-March 1942, 110,000-120,000 Japanese Americans were forced into this concentration camp, and many were even American citizens. Japanese inhabitants were told they had only a couple days to sell their belonging and settler their affairs. Their land was seized and they were only able to take what they could carry into these internment camps. This situation to this day is looked at as the most shameless violation of civil liberties in American history.
After American’s seemed to be back in charge the government let inmates return to the West Coast in 1945. And not until 1948, the government offered “some” restitution to those who lost their land, home and or businesses. Furthermore, Congress had offered $20,000-60,000 to each of the surviving internees.
Personally, this reminds me of concentration camps during the Holocaust. With that being said I understand as American’s we have to do what it takes to keep the United States the home of the “free”, but when many of these Japanese inhabitants are American Citizens are we looked down upon as a Nation? The answer is yes, to this day we are known for this historical act. I personally, don’t find this situation very moral. What does this show for us when CITIZENs are being seized based off of national origins. As a citizen if I were put into this situation I would have no words to express, the country I live in, created a family in and financially thrived in, put me into a concentration camp because of my ancestors, which in fact is nothing you have control in I would find the nation to be corrupt, and un-loyal.
Visions of America, Volume 2, by Keene J., Cornell S., & O’Donnell E. (pg.697-699)