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Pearl Harbor was an unexpected attack upon America on December 7th, 1941, by the Japanese. They targeted the air base and used kamakaze warfare to sink and destroy as many ships as possible
The United States government was informed of this attack. When the dust settled from the brutal attack. Over 2000 American lives were taken. 1200 injured and a wasteland of a navy.
President Roosevelt came forward at a joint session express that this will be "a date that will live in infamy to the United States of America. President Roosevelt issued a declaration of war on Japan. The vote was unanimous.
President Roosevelt then enacted the Executive Order 9066. This gave legality to rounding up any person with Japanese heritage and forcibly placing them in internment camps. This is said to be one of the biggest violations of Civil Rights to ever occur in the U.S. So one by one, Japanese-Americans around the country bagan to rounded up and placed in these camps.
These camps were far from hospitable. The conditions were disgusting, and the inmates were not treated well. Guards posted on every corner of the camp with guns pointed inwards. Order 9066 affected over 117,000 American lives from 1942 to 1945.
When the war was over. All of the prisoners were released, given an apology, and said they were be paid $20,000 for their trouble. The money did not come quickly. Though in these terrible conditions, many Japanese people died or were killed for various reasons. Now, these events are served as a reminder of our mistakes and what we need to do to not make them again.
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