American History

American History

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  • Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7th, 1941 by the Japanese and was the event that brought the U.S. into WWII.
  • On February 19, 1942 Franklin Roosevelt gave a speech and then put the Executive Order 9066 into action.  It called Japanese Americans enemy aliens and called for their immediate removal from the West.
  • People of 1/16 Japanese descent or higher were given a week's notice before they were to be relocated into internment camps.  Very few of their fellow Americans protested this.
  • There were 110,000 Japanese people put into ten different internment camps for around three years.  The camps were overcrowded and ill-equipped.
  • The United States ended the war with Japan when they dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 of 1945.  Once Japan had surrendered, there was no need for Japanese internment camps.
  • When the Japanese returned home they didn't have much money or their belongings before being relocated to the camps.  Getting back to where they were before the war was a challenge.  Eventually, President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act in 1988 which gave money to anyone still alive who had been in an internment camp during WWII.
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