Essay on Japanese Bombing Of Pearl Harbor

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Imagine being torn from your house and stripped of your civil rights and liberties because of your race. This is what happened during World War II after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. The United States’ citizens and government officials were suspicious of the Japanese-Americans being disloyal to their country. This fear became the reason many people lived in military-style barracks surrounded by barbed wire fences and guards at an internment camp (Interview 2). What was life like to live there for the duration of the war? How did the Japanese-Americans feel? This topic was of interest to me because of the camp’s lasting effects on people and the government. Understanding the internees daily lives in WWII is difficult, but having knowledge and facts will help gain perspective.
In September of 1940, Japan took control of French Indochina, a country in which ended up being one of our allies. The United States chose to close all exports of steel, scrap-iron, and aviation fuel to Japan in response to this. Things began to get worse for the Japanese when the U.S., the Netherlands, and Britain stopped selling oil to them. Due to this act, Japan’s air force and navy weakened, yet they tried to get a different oil source from Southeast Asia. The United States did not want to get involved in the war, but wanted Japan to stop the invasion. Contrary to the U.S., Japan had already made a course of action for war. They wanted to take control on the southeast and central Pacific to…

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