The Internment Of Japanese Americans

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The Internment of Japanese Americans By Angel Willis-Pahel The topic I choose to right about is the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. The question that I intend to answer today is: The Constitution guarantees American citizens no imprisonment without due process of law, yet has been violated by the federal government in at least two American wars. How did the government justify interning Japanese-American citizens in World War II? In order to understand why this happened we have to first look at what happened. We are going to look at a couple things in this paper: The Executive Order of 9066 and Korematsu v. United States (1944). As well as we are good to look at just why the U.S. decided to not give these people the basic…show more content…
On January 1st, 1907 America and Japan came to an agreement known as the Gentlemen’s Agreement. This agreement was President Theodore Roosevelt’s effort at trying to calm the growing tension between America and Japan over the Japanese immigrant workers coming to the US. On September 1st, 1939 Germany invades Poland as Adolf Hitler seeks to regain lost territory, this was single handedly the event that led to World War II. December 7th, 1941 the Japanese navy bombed Pearl Harbor due to the fact that they did not like the fact that America had claimed Hawaii to be a part of the United States. This event led to that US using Japanese Internment Camps because they were afraid of an invasion of the west by the Japanese and were afraid that Japanese immigrants would provide aid to such an invasion. On February 19th, 1942 exactly ten weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Executive order 9066. This order authorized the removal of any and all people from military areas. The entire West Coast became defined as a military area. This area was home to as vast majority of Americans of Japanese ancestry or citizenship. On March 1st 1942 the US military started the removal of Japanese immigrants and their descendants from their homes and placed them into internment camps. Most of these people were only given 48 hours to gather their
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