Essay Japanese Internment

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Japanese Internment

In 1942, 120,000 Japanese-Americans were "relocated" to areas far from their homes, out of the fear the United States Government held inside their hearts. Japan had just bombed Pearl Harbor. Many of the U.S. seaport areas on the West coast were inhabited by Japanese-Americans. General DeWitt provided a "security plan" for both
United States citizens (Caucasian) and the Japanese-Americans...or so it was stated.
However, when seeking the fine details of this incident, will we ever know the absolute truth? The Official Government documents drastically contrast the first-hand accounts of what it was like in those "Pioneer Communities." Each source changes the story behind the Japanese-American
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Evacuees must carry with them on departure for the Assembly Center, the following property: (a) Bedding and linens (no mattress) for each member of the family; (b) Toilet articles for each member of the family; (c) Extra clothing for each member of the family; (d) Sufficient knives, forks, spoons, plates, bowls, and cups for each member of the family... As is obvious, it seemed the government had a very specific plan in mind for these thousands of Japanese-Americans. But no reasoning was offered to the victims of this plan. Each citizen and "alien" (Non-American born Japanese were not allowed to become citizens - evidence of previous racism against those of Asian background) were expected to fully accept and obey what the government had expected of them. Most of them did. It was a trust of the government - it was the center of everything, and the
President and his men held a great deal of respect - and the government officials must have had sufficient reason for doing such a thing to it's people. We know now that this
"relocation and evacuation" was immoral, deceitful, and practically criminal. But in the
1940's, it was somehow accepted. The instructions also included, not just what they were to bring, but also what
NOT to bring. "No pets of an personal items and no household goods...." The government only allowed for the Japanese-Americans to bring necessities. Nothing that

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