Japanese Internment Camps During World War II

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The decision to relocate Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II was an impurity in the United States’ reputation for maintaining democracy and individual rights. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor during World War II, great hysteria spread through the United States, urging President Roosevelt to pass the now infamous Executive Order 9066, ordering the removal of all people of Japanese-American descent. More than 100,000 people were displaced and their lives were changed forever (Tremayne). The tragedies that these people suffered bring into question the reasoning behind the order and its constitutionality. Challenges were made to the constitutionality of the order in cases such as Korematsu vs. the United States that were ruled down. With hindsight bias, the immorality of Executive Order 9066 seems obvious, yet many at the time strongly felt that the right decision had taken place (“Personal Justice Denied”). The circumstances of war made the lines of morality blurry, distorting the decisions made. The Japanese American Relocation was an act of racism more than an act of protection, and was motivated primarily by a fear of foreign people.
Roosevelt states in Executive Order 9066 that “the war requires every possible protection against espionage and against sabotage to national-defense material” (Executive Order 9066). He was pressured to sign this order by others because of the paranoia that resulted from Pearl Harbor and the entry of the…
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