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, 1939, when Germany, led by Hitler, declared war on Poland. Together, Germany, Japan, and Italy were the three major countries that formed the Axis Powers, who fought against The Allies. The Allies consisted of Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States. The Axis Powers and The Allies fought against one another by land, sea, and air creating the largest and bloodiest war in all of history with a total fatality count of 40 to 50 million people. At first, the United States tried to remain neutral. A majority of the public had the attitude of isolationists. Many citizens tried to dissuade Congress from providing succor and supplies to Britain and France, but that attitude quickly changed when a surprise attack occurred directly…