Japanese Internment

Japanese Internment

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  • The largest internment camp, Heart Mountain, held 10,000 people, each family was allowed a barrack about 300 feet squared in area. Each person was allowed one army cot, and each room had one light and one stove. Their was always heavy guard and little privacy. 
  • This is were each family would live for the next four years of their imprisonment.
  • The interned would eat in the mess hall, where their meals would be organized by the color of their tickets. For example, there would be the blue, red, or yellow mess hours assigned to each family.
  • Blue Tickets Only Breakfast
  • Because food rations were low, the Japanese started to tend the land inside the concentration camps. They grew carrots, radishes, potatoes, etc. Children were expected to help when they finished school.
  • Children in the concentration camps were allowed to go to school, but the buildings were usually setup in makeshift barracks or mess halls, and were often overcrowded.
  • Students were allowed outside to play or help with the farmwork, but the camp fences were always heavily guarded and covered with barbed wire.
  • Thoughout the years, several of the interned were killed by guards for "resisting orders".
  • Though laws came to past that allowed the release of Japanese Americans once they "proved their loyalty", many were kept until four years after they were stationed in the camps. Families returned to vandalized homes and wrecked careers. 80 years later the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 payed each victim of internment 20,000 dollars in reparations. But our government can never pay back for the injustice the 120,000 Japanese Americans faced in WWII.
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