Surprise Attack On Pearl Harbor Essay

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surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that authorized the imprisonment and forced Japanese-Americans to evacuate the West Coast. This order stated that all the Japanese native born or born in Japan were considered a threat to national security and were therefore interned without trial. The order also provided the Secretary of War and the military commanders to remove any Japanese both citizen and aliens from designated areas. This resulted in the relocation of approximately 120,000 people. Families were forced to abandon their homes and bring only what they could carry to the temporary detention facilities. Many Americans believed that the Japanese Americans were disloyal and were associated with the enemy. There were rumors that they had hidden connections and exchanged military information. None of these claims were ever proven, but the Japanese still had to suffer the consequences for the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although most Japanese were American citizens and had never been to Japan before, they were still were accused for the attack on Pearl Harbor and forced into detention camps due to their race and ethnicity.
Thousands of Japanese Americans were told by government officials that they had twenty-four hours to pack their things before they were sent off to internment camps. Even though many of them had never been to Japan, it made no difference. Even the Japanese American veterans…

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