The Pros And Cons Of Japanese-American Internment Camps

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Register to read the introduction… United States (1944) was a well known Supreme Court case. Fred Korematsu had refused to enter an internment camp, so in 1942 he was arrested and sent to a camp. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction in 1944. In 1983, Korematsu appealed the conviction. Later, a federal court in San Francisco stated the government’s decision was racially biased, misleading, and false.

While, Japanese-Americans did make up the majority of people in internment camps, they were not the only people sent to them. Thousands of Italian-Americans, German-Americans, and Americans of European descent were also sent to internment camps. Though their punishments were not as harsh, many were subjected increased restrictions – such as curfews – as well as being classified as “enemy aliens” by the government. Up until 2004, the United States government had not made a formal apology or any sort of reparation to the people who were affected other than Japanese-Americans.

Unfortunately, similar orders happened in Canada as well. Nearly 23,000 Nikkei – Canadians of Japanese descent – were sent to similar camps in Canada. This was the greatest mass movement of people in
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The final internment camp was closed in 1945. After internment camps had been closed, 5,766 Nisei – second generation Japanese-Americans – renounced their American citizenships. In 1968, the government began compensation to the people who survived the camps. Twenty years after that, in 1988, the United States Congress passed legislative which ordered payments of 20,000 dollars to each of the 60,000 survivors. Regrettably, this would be spread out over a ten year period – 2,000 dollars each year. These survivors were already starting to die out, so most would never live long enough to receive the full

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