Japanese Internment Camps Essay

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World War II was a time of deliberate hate among groups of innocent people who were used as scapegoats. Japanese-Americans were persecuted due to the fact that they looked like citizens of Japan, who had attacked the United States on December 7th, 1941 at the naval base, Pearl Harbor. This hatred toward the group was due to newspapers creating a scare for the American people, as well as the government restricting the rights of Japanese-Americans. The Japanese-Americans were mistreated during World War II for no other reason than being different. These men, women, and children were loathed by the American public for looking like the people of the Japanese army that had attacked the United States. These people were only hated by …show more content…
As for legal restrictions, Korematsu vs. United States (1944) was a well known Supreme Court case. Fred Korematsu had refused to enter an internment camp, so in 1942 he was arrested and sent to a camp. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction in 1944. In 1983, Korematsu appealed the conviction. Later, a federal court in San Francisco stated the government’s decision was racially biased, misleading, and false.

While, Japanese-Americans did make up the majority of people in internment camps, they were not the only people sent to them. Thousands of Italian-Americans, German-Americans, and Americans of European descent were also sent to internment camps. Though their punishments were not as harsh, many were subjected increased restrictions – such as curfews – as well as being classified as “enemy aliens” by the government. Up until 2004, the United States government had not made a formal apology or any sort of reparation to the people who were affected other than Japanese-Americans.

Unfortunately, similar orders happened in Canada as well. Nearly 23,000 Nikkei – Canadians of Japanese descent – were sent to similar camps in Canada. This was the greatest mass movement of people in the history of Canada. Conditions may have been worse for these people because while in America families were kept together, males were forced to work in road camps or on sugar beet projects. The women and children were forced to move to six inner

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