Japanese Internment Camps During World War II

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The topic that has been chosen for the term paper in the pro seminar course is Japanese Internment Camps. During World War II, a significant number of American citizens of Japanese descent were forced into American internment camps, strictly because of their ethnic background. Having committed no crime, the Japanese forced into the internment camps were treated similarly to that of Japanese prisoners of war that had been captured by the Allies. The forced relocation and eventual internment of Japanese Americans was brought about by the event that occurred on December 7, 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor. December 7, 1941 began as any typical Sunday on the Hawaiian Islands. Then at 7:55 am, the fateful Sunday on the island of Oahu would be forever remembered in the history books. At 7:55 am, three hundred and fifty three Japanese planes that were launched from Japan’s six biggest and best aircraft carriers, located only two hundred miles off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands, bombed the U.S. Naval Base. The attack by the Japanese was a complete surprise to everyone, and as a result American casualties were heavy. After the attack, fifteen American ships had been sunk including four battleships. In addition, one American ship was capsized, and one had run aground. Also, one hundred and eighty eight American planes were destroyed, and nearly two thousand four hundred men lost their lives. Prior to September 11, 2001, the attack on Pearl Harbor was the worst attack on U.S. soil
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