The Japanese Interment Essay

622 WordsApr 21, 20133 Pages
The Japanese Interment During WWII, there was a lot of racial prejudice against the Japanese-Americans; first and second generation. The paranoia of the Japanese-Americans loyalty to the US was big. The Japanese Interment was the relocation of the Japanese-Americans and the Japanese by the United States during the 1940’s. The US placed the Japanese/-American residents in War Relocation Camps. What could have caused these events to occur during WWII? Wartime hysteria was a rather symptom that many people of the US experienced during WWII. Wartime hysteria was the paranoia about the residents/citizens of Japanese culture, wondering whether they would turn on the US or not. Because of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Empire on December 7th, 1941, wartime hysteria made sense. There were false reports of the Japanese spying and planning the Pearl Harbor attack, so the hysteria pushed the US government to start relocating innocent residents into camps. From the Earl Warren (1942) document, it says, “It convinces me more than perhaps any other factor sabotage we are to get, the fifth columns activities that we are to get, are timed just like Pearl Harbor timed. . .” Hysteria was a big paranoia that our countries history has experienced. Wartime hysteria also contributed to the Japanese Interment because over 110,000 Japanese residents were placed in the camps, of all the people being placed in camps, 62% were citizens. Racial prejudice also played a huge role during the 1940’s. The Japanese were treated unfairly and discriminated against because of the paranoia. But not only because of the paranoia. The attack on Pearl Harbor contributed to some of the prejudice against the Japanese/-Americans. In a Japanese Interment Document, General Dewitt even had a proposition, “I now recommend that the secretary of War provide exclusion from … military areas.. A.

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