Manzanar Internment Camp, California: Experience during the War

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“Down in our hearts we cried and cursed this government every time when we showered with sand. We slept in the dust; we breathed the dust; we ate the dust,” Joseph Kurihara, an internee at the Manzanar internment camp in California stated in his experience during the war. Japanese internment camps were the term used to describe the relocation and confinement of Japanese American during World War II. Japanese internees often questioned why the government decided on moving the Japanese U.S. citizens without accusing the millions of people of German or Italian that sided with Japan. They wanted to know why the United States laid the blame on them when they were already employed as U.S. citizens. Japanese American found them in great pressure throughout the war. I concluded that the start of this war between the United States and Japan was a critical, brutal war because it caused circumstantial damages to both countries and lost economic resources. However the war also opened people’s mind about racial matters; the United States apologize forty years later. The war was both a virtuous and wicked incident.

The U.S. began the internment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7th, 1941. A Japanese air armada destroyed much of Pearl Harbor causing the United States to enter World War II. Fearing that the people of Japanese descent might blow up crucial facilities or that they might spy on U.S. military bases, military leaders argued that Japanese American should be evacuated. In February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was compelled to sign Executive Order 9066, excluding more than 110,000 Japanese American from the West coast and southern Arizona. The evacuation of the West coast Japanese American to assembly centers began in the spring of 1942. Most of the interned Japanese American was children and two-thirds of them were U.S. citizens. Japanese who moved to the United States are called Issei; hence the children of...
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