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What was life like in the Japanese Internment Camps?
Transcript of What was life like in the Japanese Internment Camps?
By: Lucy Thrash
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor and FDR declared war on Japan, many people were worried that the Japanese Americans would help Japan. Since most of the Japanese lived on the West Coast where the naval bases were, it would have been easy to send information to Japan. All Japanese Americans were sent to camps through the duration of the war.
Japanese Americans were sent to Temporary Internment Camps while the permanent ones were being finished.
"Stables and livestock stalls often served as living and sleeping quarters. There was no privacy for individuals – all their daily needs were accommodated in public facilities." The only way people got any privacy was if they put up curtains or sheets in between people.
Once the permanent camps were finished, they relocated all the Japanese Americans again to their new homes.
"A barbed-wire fence surrounded each camp. Soldiers with guns watched from towers. The people in the camps were prisoners- they could not leave." If one of the interns tried to leave, they were shot.
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The rooms that they stayed in were very cold in the winter because "at first, most rooms did not have heat."
"Families dined together at communal mess halls, and children were expected to attend school." Adults also had the option to work, but they were paid very low pay.
The houses, or blocks, that the Japanese Americans were held in were very crowded. "Each block provided with a mess hall, bath-house, laundry building and recreation hall. About 300 people to a block."
After the war, and the Japanese Americans were released, it was very hard for them to get jobs. The government gave them an one-way ticket to wherever in the US they wanted and $20.
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