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Mary J. Pastoril
English Comp II
Professor McFadden
November 14, 2012
Internment Camps
It all started in World War II when the Japanese signed the Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy. They then became known as the military alliance called “Axis”. (“World War II” 2012) During WWII the Japanese had suffered a shortage of oils and natural resources which lead them to have the ambition to displace the United States. In their effort they attacked American and British forces in Asia in order to seize the resources they needed in Southeast Asia. On December 7, 1941 Japan launched an attack on the United States Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. (“World War II” 2012)

After the bombing the Americans have decided to declare war against Japan. On August 6, 1945 the U.S. air force dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. (“World War II” 2012) Thousands of people lost their lives in the bombing and death tolls raised even more due to the exposure to the radiation. Three days later the US dropped another bomb in Japan, they dropped a bomb in the city of Nagasaki. About 120,000 people died due to the both of the bombings. On August 14, 1945 the Japanese finally surrendered and the American forces started to occupy Japan; however, Japan had formally surrendered to the US, Britain and the Soviet Union on September 2, 1945. (“World War II” 2012) On February 19, 1942 near the beginning of the war Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This order was followed up after the events that occurred at Pearl Harbor, though they were also fueled by anti-Japanese sentiment from farmers, politicians and the general public. (Siasoco & Ross 2007) The evacuation order was an order which round up over 127,000 Americans with Japanese heritage and sent them to one of the ten internment camps. (“Japanese-American Interment” 2008) Those camps were located in California, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Arkansas. The United States claimed that their actions were...
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