Japanese Internment Camps Research Paper

2421 Words Jun 21st, 2013 10 Pages
Alexandria Davis

Japanese Internment Camps

United States, Africa and World

CHIS-202-02

10/27/2011

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the internment of Japanese Americans on the West coast of the United States. On going tension between the United States and Japan rose in the 1930’s due to Japan’s increasing power and because of this tension the bombing at Pearl Harbor occurred. This event then led the United States to join World War II. However it was the Executive Order of 9066 that officially led to the internment of Japanese Americans. Japanese Americans, some legal and illegal residents, were moved into internment camps between 1942-1946. The internment of Japanese Americans affected not only these citizens but the
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After a few months stay in an assembly center, most of the Japanese Americans were moved to the relocation centers located on gloomy barracks mainly in abandoned areas of the West. (Nextext 37) The assembly centers and relocation centers were built and ran by the War Relocation Authority. Pomona Assembly Center was 1 of 18 centers in California and it was the fifth largest with an average population of 4,755 and on June 20, 1942 held a maximum capacity of 5,434 internees. The internees complained that there was lack of a variety of food, the lines to get food were too long, there was a lack of ventilation and the restrooms were located inconveniently. (Feeley 222) Living a closed life led to an intensification of social life; lovemaking, dancing, and singing were uncontrollable activities. The families and internees were held in Pomona from May 7, 1942 to August 24, 1942 for a total of a 110-day stay. By August 24, 1942 5,260 internees were transferred to Heart Mountain War Relocation Center in Wyoming. (Feeley 219) (Nextext 144) Most Japanese Americans cooperated with the War Relocation Authority and military officials rather than resisting removal from the West Coast. (Hayashi 2) In 1943 during the Loyalty Registration, Japanese Americans were questioned regarding which country they would support; five out of every six Japanese Americans promised their obedience to the United States…