The Internment Of Japanese Americans

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Shortly after the first bombs were dropped on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, the American people’s fear of the Japanese grew dramatically, especially for those Japanese living in America. Almost every Japanese American was seen as a threat to the country. On February 19th, 1942, Executive Order 9066 was issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, authorizing the relocation of Japanese Americans to camps further inland. Over 175,000 Japanese Americans were affected in some way by the order, even though more than 70,000 of them were born in the United States and were American citizens. The common perspective of the American people was shown through their use of the expression “A Jap’s a Jap,” virtually destroying the thought that any…show more content…
Out of all ten internment camps in America, Manzanar is the most well-known. The harshness of this camp lead to constant news stories and televised programs displaying events that occurred there such as shootings, strikes, and a constant feeling of uneasiness and unrest throughout the community. There was no such thing as privacy in Manzanar; a luxury taken for granted in today’s society was unknown to those who had to survive in Manzanar. All men and women shared toilets as well as showers and lived in barracks with 200-400 other people in them. Each room had about four people and was furnished with nothing but an oil stove, light bulb, cots, blankets, and mattresses filled with straw. The living conditions were inhumane, with no privacy shacks that were so poorly constructed they could barely hold together. Because it was located in the desert, Manzanar was hot during the day and freezing at night. In order to receive food, prisoners had to wait in long lines in front of the mess hall and were constantly sick from eating spoiled food. Workers in Manzanar were paid little to nothing per month depending on their skill set and jobs in the camp. Professional workers were paid about $19 per month,
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