The Crucible Research Paper
Around the same, beginning in the 1940’s, both McCarthyism and the imprisoning of the Japanese after Pearl Harbor were taking place. Senator Joseph McCarthy went house to house searching and questioning people he believed were communist. If you were accused of being communist you were put on a list called the “red-list”, which meant that your passport was taken away, your job was at stake or you were sent to jail. Immediately after Pearl Harbor was attacked, the President declared that everyone of Japanese decent could be a possible threat to the American people. The Japanese families all over the nation were sent to internment camps, much like those of the Holocaust. The fortunate ones were told to pack one suitcase and leave their homes and move to their new location, given by the government of course. McCarthyism and the Japanese Internment Camps have several similarities and a few differences.
To begin, in both cases, the subject at hand was blown out of proportion with inadequate evidence against both the so-called communists and the supposed Japanese spies. “McCarthy’s relentless pursuit of communist ‘subversives‘ took the witch-hunt to new heights.” After the cold war, the threat of communism intensified. Several people, including celebrities, were red-listed. There was absolutely no proof that these people were even communist. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt was convinced that there were Japanese spies here in America. Again, with no factual evidence that these people of Japanese decent were spying for Japan, they were all taken from their homes and places in internment camps or moved to a different location with no explanation. “The US justified their action by claiming that there was a danger of those of Japanese descent spying for the Japanese.” To wrap up, during McCarthyism and the Japanese Interment Camps, both were prisoned unfairly without evidence or trial.
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