Japanese Internment Camps Research Papers

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Japanese Internment Camps

Many events happen around the world, but most of them aren 't taught in history. We all know about Stalin 's Russia, who sent people who opposed his rules and judgements to Siberia. Then there is Hitler 's Germany, who targeted Jews, Gypsies, and the handicapped for not being Arian. What about America? What has happened in our own country that we have repressed and why have they been forgotten? In World War II we created Japanese Internment Camps. The camps were first created out of fear and sparked from prejudice. The treatment of the Japanese-Americans was unjust, unfair, and a forgotten event in our history. The mistakes we made should be taught in schools so they are prevented from being repeated. We cannot allow
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Each camp was around 10,000 acres and fit about 8,000 people (Encyclopedia of Arkansas). The camps were surrounded by large fences with barbed wire. There were large towers surrounding the camps with guards watching over them. This is no way to treat citizens of our country. According to PBS, there was a total of 10 internment camps. Camps were spread out along the west coast in the following areas of Amache in Colorado, Heart Mountain in Wyoming, Gila River and Poston in Arizona, Minidoka in Idaho, Jerome and Rowher in Arkansas, Topaz in Utah and Manzanar and Tule Lake in California.(PBS) Life in the internment camps was definitely not easy. Japanese-Americans were given numbers to be assigned to one of the ten internment camps. The Japanese were expected to grow their own food but it was often very difficult in the semi-arid areas. They were forced to live in barracks that were always too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. Each block was designed to accommodate around 250 people residing in fourteen residential barracks with each barrack divided into four to six apartments.(Encyclopedia of Arkansas) Everyone had to eat in the same area called a mess hall. They often ate the same meals day after day. Japanese-Americans tried to make the best of living in the harsh conditions. They created newspapers, played games, created baseball leagues, and their children still went to school. All around the world, dismissing people …show more content…
When entering these camps you were stripped of all your belongings, even your clothing and were given ragged ones. The food here was very tiny proportions, many people fought for it, this lead to starvation of many people. Many people became sick from the lack of insulation in the rooms that they were placed and never got the chance to prove loyalty. These camps may be two totally different things, but there are some similarities. Both camps were guarded and fenced in with barbed wire. The people put into these camps had everything taken away, they had no freedom. Both camps had racial prejudices against certain groups of people, mainly these camps were a government

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