Anyone who has taken any sort of history course is most likely to have learned about World War Two and how the basic cause of this war was the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, which was a United States Water Naval Base on an island in Hawaii. "This day is a day which will live infamy" (Taylor 50), is the famous quote formally stated by President Roosevelt, while giving a public speech subsequent to the attack. For the United States of America the attack was a horrible and devastating event, many lives were lost that day. From this unpleasant incident the United States felt threatened and betrayed by which was once supposed to be a peaceful ally, Japan. Therefore soon after this act of hostility the United States declared war against Japan, which led to World War Two. Now before this had even begun, a significant number of Japanese immigrants had been migrating to America for years, and started to built there our own society and families. "A census the day before Pearl Harbor showed that about 125,000 persons were of Japanese birth or ancestry in the U.S, while another 150,000 lived in the territory of Hawaii."(Nishimoto 24) During this time Japanese Americans started what would become a successful adaptation to the American life. Japanese towns were not only residential areas, but commercial centers as well. These commercial centers were not only utilized by Japanese Americans, but fellow American citizens who lived around them. They began to live normal lives and their children were nurtured by American institutions. But soon after America engaged in the war, these Japanese Americans became American citizens with enemy faces. The thought of them having a background in which was related to the enemy at the time shattered the Japanese Americans status, economically, politically, and socially. The U.S simply destroyed any sort of success the Japanese Americans had made in the summer of 1942,... [continues]
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