Japanese Internement Paper

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Alexis Taylor AMH2097 Multicultural Paper: Japanese Internment Word Count: 1510 The United States of America joined the war in Europe just after the Pearl Harbor bombing. Prejudice against Japanese and Japanese Americans grew rampant during the months after the bombing, fear of the “Yellow Peril” began. The “yellow Peril” was a term used by the media to portray the abundance of Japanese that were taking over manual labor jobs in the West. (Mikkelsen 182) The racism towards the Japanese did not begin because of the Pearl Harbor bombing but it flared creating much hatred and even hate crimes to take place. In 1908, the Gentlemen’s Agreement restricted immigration from Japan with the exception of young brides and the 1924 Immigration Act stopped all immigration. These bills were passed in an attempt to control the number of Japanese coming into the United States. Nine weeks after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the military to move people. The military moved 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans citizens, of which over 62% were American citizens, from the western seacoast to desert camps known as “relocation centers ” or “internment camps” in Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. The United States justified the treatment and relocation of Japanese during World War II by having an executive order allowing them to do what they wanted with any racial group of people. It was by justified through claiming that these people being placed in the camps posed a threat; they might be spying on the United States on behalf
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of the Japanese government. The United States also justified the relocation by saying “part of it is a public relations program”, in other words, the relocation of the Japanese was intended not really to keep the western coast safe, but to make the American citizens already living there to feel safer, knowing action was taking place against the Japanese . (Mikkelsen Class Notes) Even after the internment camps were disassembled and the Japanese and Japanese Americans were sent home, in 1944 the Supreme Court said that interning a subordinate, racial group was permissible because of “pressing public necessity”. (Mikkelsen Class Notes)
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