Japanese Internment Camps

Japanese Internment Camps

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  • Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941 that set off a chain of events for the U.S. involvement into World War II. Also it heightened the racial tensions with Japanese Americans in the U.S.
  • As tensions rose Americans began to retaliate and focused their anger on Japanese Americans who they partially blamed for the actions of their home country. They boycotted and graffitied their property and goods. 
  • The Japanese internment camps were established on February 19, 1942 by Franklin D. Roosevelt's executive order 9066 in hopes to prevent espionage.
  • Asian Americans were forced to leave their homes and stores behind. They were checked in and sent to different camps throughout the U.S.
  • Additional to the many Asian Americans who were sent away just hours after pearl harbor the FBI arrested 1,291 Japanese community and religious leaders without evidence.
  • In August 1945 the war was finally over meaning the camps would start to close. By 1946 all camps were closed and the Japanese Americans were released and allowed to rebuild their lives. The executive order 9066 was a major breaching of their civil liberties and rights and should never happen again
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