Argumentative Essay On Japanese American Internment Camps

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In 1942 many Japanese Americans were faced with a problem that most Americans will never experience. They were ripped of their American lives and rights and placed in Internment camps. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that was put in place "to prescribe military areas in such places and of such extent as he or the appropriate Military Commander may determine from which any or all persons may be excluded."() Because of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the government believed that Japanese Americans were a threat to society. Although some may be a threat, imprisoning a whole group of people just based on race, was not the civil way of going about the issue. This brings up the controversial question: Is it constitutional for the government to imprison a group of people based on their stereotype? Based on the Korematsu vs. United States court case, harsh treatment of the Japanese Americans, and the society today, it should not be legal to imprison a group.
Before World War II, Japanese Americans played a great role in our society. Many of them worked in sugar plantations, established farms or small businesses. The Japanese Americans knew that things couldn’t stay good for long. Multiple groups were formed against them and laws and treaties were
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Families were housed in barracks; sometimes the whole family would live in one cell. There were also communal areas for washing laundry and eating. Mine Okubo, a prisoner in a California camp says, “The camps represented a prison: no freedom, no privacy, no ‘America’”. US Military and barbed wire guarded the camps. According to Okubo, the meals served were starchy, dull and served in small portions. There was no milk for anyone over the age of five and very rarely was there meat. There was not enough food served to keep the ‘prisoners’ healthy because of their heavy

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