Persuasive Essay About Japanese Internment Camps

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Imagine what it would be like to be told at a moment’s notice that you must pack up and be relocated from your home all because of your ethnic background? It doesn’t seem possible that it happened, but it did. And it is still happening to specific ethnic groups. During World War Two and the bombing of Pearl Harbor the United States Government, President Roosevelt and many American citizens did not trust the Japanese. They needed to be in internment camps like the one at Newell California that is shown above. The Japanese people could be monitored and watched to prevent any underground activities. My husband and I live 55 miles from an old Japanese Internment Camp, called The Tulelake Relocation Center or the Tule Lake Segregation Center.…show more content…
Internment was ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after Japan 's attack on Pearl Harbor. 120,000 people lost their freedom, property, and businesses. Although the United States government later issued formal apologies and paid reparations to survivors of the internment camps, it could not compensate for the horrible conditions and racism that the people of Japanese ancestry faced following the attack on Pearl Harbor. However awful this situation was it is understandable that the American people could be influenced by the propaganda of the media as many Americans had family and friends that were serving in the military. Newspapers can be both primary or secondary sources depending on the purpose of the article and how it is written. If it is an account of the facts, it is a primary source. If the article is interpreted or contains an opinion, it is a secondary source. Editorials from major newspapers after the bombing of Pearl Harbor were supportive of the internment of the Japanese. Several types of media containing propaganda were used to sway the American people, including movies and newspaper articles. The propaganda 's purpose was to propose that the relocation of Japanese-Americans was a matter of national security after the attack by the Japanese. American’s attitudes towards Japanese people quickly became racist, and this reaction was intensified by the media, which played upon issues of racism and fear. The view of the
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