Essay On Japanese Internment Camps

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Imagine you were a Japanese-American. You did nothing wrong, but you got sent to camp for being Japanese. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans were treated like prisoners in their own country. Their “crime” was for being of Japanese ancestry. A country of free citizens locked up other free citizens under poor living conditions and hard work just based on their ancestry. To begin with, the internment camps affected a lot of Japanese-Americans’ freedom and way of life. 127,000 people of Japanese ancestry lived in the United States, and one-third of those people were born in Japan. After Pearl Harbor, all Japanese-Americans were sent away from the West Coast and sent to internment camps ( Staff). People were forced to evacuate their homes and leave jobs. Family members usually ended up getting separated and sent to different camps (Ina). This was considered a “military necessity.” This was to protect the Americans from sabotage. However, it was later confirmed to be because of racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political relationship (Ina). So, being of Japanese ancestry was considered a crime in the 1940s. In addition, the camps themselves were …show more content…
These Japanese-Americans, half of them being children, were imprisoned for up to four years in small camps surrounded in barbed wire and armed guards (Ina). According to the Staff, “Some 3,600 Japanese-Americans entered the Armed Forces from the camp.” Families dined together at a community mess hall and children were expected to go to school (“Japanese-American Internment”). Some of the Japanese prisoners ended up dying because of poor medical care and emotional stresses; several died from armed guards (Ina). Some Japanese-Americans were allowed to return to the West Coast starting in 1945. The last internment camp closed in 1946 ( Staff). All this hard work was like a punishment for being