Effects Of Japanese Internment Camps

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The Economics of Japanese Internment Camps The internment of Japanese Americans during the second world war was a dark and shameful time period in American history. In regard to Japanese internment in the United States, the economic perspective has been largely unexplored with little research. However, with the little information available, we know of the effects of internment camp location and the repercussions on generations of Japanese Americans, along with how Japanese internment has impacted the United States economy and federal budget. Although the United States first had internment camps in 1940’s, the appearance of internment camps has occurred in different countries in the past. During World War II, concentration camps were constructed by Nazi Germany to imprison Jews, communists, and any other “threats” to Nazi Germany. Conditions in the camps were horrid, miserable, and inhumane. Prisoners were starved, overworked, beaten, and some were even part of scientific experiments. This cruel treatment of prisoners resulted in millions of deaths throughout Europe. However, the erection of these concentration camps also came at a monetary cost for the German government. The German government spent over $27 billion dollars on not only the concentration camps and war effort, but also on the reparations to families harmed during the war (“Financial,” 1962). The appearance of internment camps during World War II also occurred in Canada. The Canadian government interned
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