Japanese Americans During WWII



During W.W.II over 110,000 Japanese Americans living both in the United States and abroad were uprooted, without due process, and placed in detention camps, or internment camps. These Japanese Americans lost their homes and their business. They were only allowed to take what they could carry and forced into the most inhospitable areas our country had to offer.
Our most hallowed judicial court, the US. Supreme Court, stated, in three different cases, that this suspension of due process was perfectly fine with them because of a "military necessity" This “military necessity allowed innocent American civilians to be arrested, jailed, and convicted of nothing more than being Japanese ...

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in number as compared to the many Japanese Americans.

Early U.S. History In Dealing With The Japanese

In 1785 the first American ship, Empress of China, made the long voyage to China. This vessel carried all sorts of beautiful Asian treasures. These treasures brought enormous profits when sold in America. The American consumer could not get enough of these treasures. However, there was only one problem the Chinese Government did not trust outsiders. They only allowed one trading ship to pick up these treasures in a years time. This once a year trip would not be enough for the American consumer. Another problem with dealing with Asia was that of shipwrecked sailors. Any sailor that was unlucky enough to wash up on an Asian shore was severely mistreated.

This need for Chinese goods, and the fact that U.S. sailors were being mistreated allowed the U.S. to get its foot in the door and force the Asians to allow more trade. Commodore Matthew Perry, in 1853, forced the Japanese to ...

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as November of 1941 President Roosevelt had a fear of Japanese Americans. Roosevelt had Special Representative of the State Department Curtis B. Munson to gather intelligence on the loyalty of Japanese Americans. Briefly, this report broke Japanese Americans into four distinctive groups. The first group were the ISSEI. This group were first generation Japanese. Their age group was between 55-65. These people were born in Japan, but chose the United States to call home. The report did not consider this group a threat, probably because of their age. The NISEI were second generation Japanese. This group received their education in the United States. This group was “Pathetically eager to ...

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