World War Two : A Good War

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World War two is remembered as the Good War, but like most wars, mobilization of the patriotic public opinion is necessary . Advertisers came up with a series of mottos to help sell World War Two to the people: One of the major words being “freedom” . The war was supposed to protect Americans freedom, use honorable means, and bring freedom to foreign nations but that’s not exactly what it did. When people think of WW2 as the Good War, many memories of the war are being left out. World War Two was not a Good War in the least bit. The Good War was supposed to be a war that both acknowledged and protected American freedom, however this did not apply to all Americans. During World War 2 more than 100,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of …show more content…

The government forced the Japanese-Americans at the camps to swear to a loyalty oath program that swore alliance to the government and enlisted them in the war . Around 20,000 people joined the war from the camps, and about 200 men were sent to prison for refusing to swear to the loyalty oath and enlist in the army . One of the Japanese Americans who was forced to move to an internment camp was Gene J Takahashi . Him and his family were thrown into chaos after the Pearl Harbor attack, and given only a week to dispose of all of their material possessions . They were pushed and shoved onto a small packed train, where all the windows were boarded or covered up with blankets so they wouldn’t know where they were being taken . They ended up in an internment camp called Poston, in South Phoenix, Arizona . Gene and his family were assigned a living space in a small dimly lit room with hardly any furniture, and no running water. Gene compared the internment camps to a run-down town : having schools with no books or desks, and small dark churches . Gene and his family were there for three years until 1944 when they were given permission to leave the camp . It wasn’t until 1988, with only two survivors left, when Congress apologized for the internment camps, and provided $20,000 to the surviving victims . Japanese-Americans were sent to the internments camps without any court hearings, showing a primary example of how WW2 undermined the basic freedom of some of American

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