Why were Japanese-Americans interned during world war 2?
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
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