Multicultural Assignment 11-16-07

Multicultural Assignment 11-16-07 - Ryan Wisneski November...

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Ryan Wisneski November 16, 2007 Word Count: 1,535 Multicultural Assignment: Japanese Internment In 1942 on the nineteenth day of February, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, calling for forced relocation of all Japanese descendants living on the West Coast. These Japanese Americans were forced to move inland to one of the sixteen temporary centers, and later ten permanent concentration camps set up by this exclusion order. This institution came about two months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, showing the concern for Japanese alliance from within America. “The order provided the secretary of war and his designed officers with the authority to exclude all person, both citizens and aliens, from designated areas in order to provide security against sabotage or espionage” (Mikkelson, 179). The government saw these people as a direct threat to national security based solely on their race, demonstrating a racial prejudice apparent in civilians and military figures alike. “Years of the anti-Japanese sentiment prior to World War II set the emotional and economic stage for the removal of Japanese Americans” (Mikkelson, 183). The Japanese had already faced hostility and prejudice when large amounts of immigrants began pouring into the mainland in early 1900’s, as The Gentleman’s Agreement in 1908 portrayed, but now a definite form of racism was occurring. This was evident when on the night of the attack on Pearl Harbor fifteen hundred potentially disloyal Issei aliens were arrested by the FBI. This continued with the removal of almost all of the Japanese American community leaders. The removal of such leaders left the Japanese community without any form, thus unable to properly resist the internment orders. According to the American government the United States had a justifiable reason to be extremely worried about the West Coast Japanese Americans and their loyalty. A few years
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Ryan Wisneski before the attack on Pearl Harbor the United States Navy broke the Japanese diplomatic codes enabling them to extract confidential information from Japanese communications. The project was given the code name ‘Magic’ and distributed to only the highest ranking officials in the Roosevelt administration. In this project there were hundreds of reported communications of sabotage and espionage that intended to use some of the Japanese Americans on the West
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