Japanese Internment Camps In Arkansas Essay

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Japanese Internment Camps in Arkansas started when the Japanese Army attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7,1941. The President at that time, Franklin D. Roosevelt, made the (WRA) or the War Relocation Authority, which would cause that the government select ten sites to restablish more than 110,000 Japanese americans that were living in America. Many Americans that lived on the west coast were scared that the 80% of Japanese American were still loyal to their ancestors country and feared they were spies. So on February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt Signed the Executive Order 9066, meaning they could imprison as many Japanese as they could without getting the military or army in trouble .
Two camps were selected to be built in Arkansas. They were built in the Arkansas Delta, one at Rohwer in Desha county and the second camp was built in Jerome in the sections of Drew and Chicot counties. The two camps were open from October 1942 to November 1945 . Both camps held nearly 16,000 Japanese americans all together. Each camp
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Roosevelt issued the Executive Order 9066 that lead to the relocation of his parents and his younger sister and brother to the Rohwer Internment camp in Arkansas in 1942. They lived in Arkansas for 8 months after not wanting to sign a paper where it swear loyalty to United States, they were moved to a maxed security camp in Tule Lake, California. They stayed there until they were being released in the year 1946 . There is one famous quote from someone that was in the Japanese internment camps and explained his feelings his the famous quote. “No one should ever be locked away simply because they share the same race, ethnicity, or religion as a spy or terrorist. If that principle was not learned from the internment of japanese americans, then these are very dangerous time for our democracy” - Fred Korematsu. It explains why no one should be discriminated because of their religion or race they