Japanese Internment Camps Research Paper

2425 Words Apr 22nd, 2013 10 Pages
Alexandria Davis

Japanese Internment Camps

United States, Africa and World



The purpose of this paper is to discuss the internment of Japanese Americans on the West coast of the United States. On going tension between the United States and Japan rose in the 1930’s due to Japan’s increasing power and because of this tension the bombing at Pearl Harbor occurred. This event then led the United States to join World War II. However it was the Executive Order of 9066 that officially led to the internment of Japanese Americans. Japanese Americans, some legal and illegal residents, were moved into internment camps between 1942-1946. The internment of Japanese Americans affected not only these citizens but the
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Barbed wire fences surrounded the camps so that the people could not escape, crude barracks were built to house many thousands of people and the camps were guarded by military police. (Feeley 218) (Nextext 37) Internees were allowed to leave for a few short hours if they became ill and needed to see a doctor. (Feeley 219) In other cases internees were allowed to depart after loyalty reviews were cleared with the military by the War Relocation Center. Along the west coast some were allowed to leave and join the Army, go to college in other places outside of the west, and other private employment. (Nextext 37) Other Japanese Americans who were not so privileged to leave had to live behind barbed wire during the war and even those who were released they were still prohibited from returning to their homes or jobs until December 1944. (Nextext 37)
Toyo Suyemoto recollects the hardships and the triumphs she, along with her parents, 8 brothers and sisters, and son, faced while being interned. Toyo and her family had half a day’s notice that they were leaving on April 27, 1942 and they were only permitted to take what they could carry. (Harth 22-23) The family was moved from their home in Berkeley to the Tanforan Assembly Center located in San Bruno, California. Tanforan was located on a San Bruno racetrack and Toyo, along with her family, was moved into horse stalls that were clean but still had unpleasing unpleasant smells

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