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The Violence of Japanese-American Internment Camps

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The Violence of Japanese-American Internment Camps
Setting
During the late 1930s and early 1940s the world was in disarray, the Germans attacked the Polish igniting World War II. The Japanese General of the Imperial Army allied with the Axis, and was directly responsible for the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This completely altered American citizens’ outlook on Japanese-Americans and led to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s retort of signing the Executive Order 9066.CITATION Wor12 \l 1036 (World War Two - Japanese Internment Camps in the USA) This order placed all citizens of the United States of Japanese descent into Internment Camps, essentially segregating them from the rest of the U.S. It became a very dim time for
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It would be considered Man vs. Society or more precisely, Society vs. Society. This form of external conflict had harsh effects on both parties. The non-Japanese-Americans were mistreated; over 120,000 of them were rounded up and placed into one of ten internment camps, or as the government liked to call them due to its more pleasant sounding name, “relocation centers”. The conditions in these camps were subpar. They were overcrowded and had poor living conditions. It was an unprivileged life living in these camps; internees shared large barracks with many other internees, similar to what you would see in an army boot camp. (Siasoco and Ross) While the America government considered it necessary, using the excuse that it was for their own protection, the Japanese-Americans were not allowed to leave these camps, showing that it was much more than “protection”. The conflicting side, were the non-Japanese-Americans. Anti-Japanese propaganda became abundant and instilled fear and paranoia into their hearts. Take, for example, Figure 1, propaganda similar to this one terrified non-Japanese-Americans, putting pressure on the relationship between races. Non-Japanese-Americans became paranoid, believing that the enemy was living among them. This resulted in violence such as hate crimes, discrimination and segregation.
Causes of Conflict
The cause of conflict on the outer most layer, would be the tension between Japanese-Americans and
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