World War II Prison Camps for Japanese-Americans Essay

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Twenty years after the First World War, humanity was, yet again, plagued with more hostility. September 1st, 1939 marked the start of World War II, this time, with new players on the board. Waves of fear and paranoia rippled throughout the United States, shaking its’ very foundation of liberty and justice for all. The waves powerfully crashed onto a single ethnic group, the Japanese-Americans, who had their rights and respect pulled away from them. They were seen as traitors and enemies in their own country, and were thrown into prison camps because of it. This event marks one of the absolute lowest points in United States history and has changed the course of the country as a whole. World War II broke out in Europe on September 1st,…show more content…
Yamamoto was correct. Japan did awake vengeance in the hearts of many Americans. The country as a whole wanted retribution for the iniquitous actions taken place on their nation.
On December 7th, 1942, the very next day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Franklin D. Roosevelt released his official statement on the tragedy during his address towards Congress. He clarified that the attack was purely an unforeseen strike at the country. Roosevelt explains that he and the rest of Congress were negotiating with the Japanese emperor, Hirohito, and government in an attempt to maintain peace. Roosevelt concludes that the attack on Pearl Harbor was a preemptive strike considering the large distance that had to be covered between the two countries.
"I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us" (President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1942, Address to Congress Requesting a Declaration of War). Congress made their decision less than an hour after Roosevelt delivered his address. The Senate concluded with a completely unanimous vote of 82 members in favor of war. The House concluded shortly after their counterpart, and had 388 members vote in favor and only one against. In less than an hour, the tide of war was turned. The United States officially declared war on the

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