US History II AP
14 March 2013
During World War II, both the Japanese-Americans and the African-Americans had less than normal, and most of the time unfair, experiences. Both parties were generally treated unfairly but the Japanese-Americans had it the worst by far. On Sunday morning, the 7th of December 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor with 353 Japanese fighters, bombers, and torpedo planes. They destroyed or damaged a majority of the ships and equipment stationed there in this surprise assault and was the tipping point that was almost 100% of the reason the US became involved in World War II. Due to this attack specifically by the Japanese Empire, all Japanese people living in the US, for no matter how long, were rounded up and put into Internment Camps in a similar way to how the Nazis rounded up Jews, but without the killing and torturing. The US Government did this because the stereotype of Japanese people is to live and die with honor so they feared that the Japanese would attack from the inside as well. This fear led to the rounding up of Japanese-Americans into Internment Camps where they could be monitored. This was a rough life for the Japanese-Americans because they were taken away from their homes to these camps and were treated like prisoners-of-war. They were also not allowed to sign up for the military and were shunned by most of society.