Japanese Internment Camps

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A woman entered her makeshift home within the horse stables. The year was 1942 in Denson, Arkansas. With only the rudimentary supplies of furniture and home goods that were miraculously spared from disposal upon entering, the sole organization for the living space originated from a thin curtain hung aloft between the bed and dining table. Rooms continued throughout the horse stables, specifically known as the barracks for Japanese-Americans during World War II, where approximately 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced to evacuate the West Coast of the Continental United States to reside in what were later known as “internment camps.” As a response to the rising racial prejudice against Japanese immigrants (known as Issei) and their Japanese-American children (known as Nisei) and in addition to the Bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the government required Japanese civilians to stay in these camps for an undetermined duration. Victims of the camps faced immense difficulty both by society and the camps’ unsanitary environment. Before and during the Second World War, Japanese-American immigrants faced racial prejudice and assumptions of disloyalty by the United States government and Western society; once the war ended, Japanese-Americans strived to diminish racial prejudice by assimilating more into Western society while the government took action to compensate internment victims with benefits for their unwilling sacrifices.
The first major generation of Japanese
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