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Why were Japanese-Americans interned during world war 2?

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March 30, 2016 8:47AM

Japanese-American internment was the forced relocation and

internment by the United States government in 1942 of approximately

110,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese residing along the Pacific

coast of the United States to camps called "War Relocation Camps"

(a polite way of saying Concentration Camps) in the wake of

Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.

Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941,

the United States was gripped by war hysteria. This was especially

strong along the Pacific coast of the U.S., where residents feared

more Japanese attacks on their cities, homes, and businesses.

Leaders in California, Oregon, and Washington, demanded that the

residents of Japanese ancestry be removed from their homes along

the coast and relocated in isolated inland areas.

While the threat from Japanese spies and saboteurs was real, it

was primarily the distrust many Americans felt of the mysterious

Japanese culture. Combined with virulent propaganda against the

Japanese enemy, it created a dangerously hostile situation. Some

top military leaders (later known for undisguised racial bias) were

allowed to contravene the rights of loyal Americans. Years later,

some were compensated for their hardships, albeit both belatedly

and inadequately.

Pearl Harbour led to the internment of the Japanese Americans

because it scared the American citizens into being sucpisious of

any Japanese person, and the government's solution was to place the

Japanese Americans in internment camp so no uprisings would

occur.


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