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Japanese Internment:

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Sophie Martinez

on 13 April 2014

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Transcript of Japanese Internment:

Japanese Internment: By: Sophie Martinez
The Munson Report:
This document said that the Japanese were interned not because they were a threat, but because of their recognizable appearances. It sais that there was more danger with Communists and "people of the Bridges type on the Coast" (Document B). It included that the reality was that only about 50 to 60 people were classified as really dangerous in each district instead of the large amounts that were on a suspect list and under surveillance. This was out of paranoia and a need to point fingers at a group of people.
The Crisis:
This document said that on the east coast of the U.S. there was a large population of German-Americans and Italian- Americans that were more of a threat then the Japanese were. It questioned why the U.S. did not put them into camps instead of the Japanese and it deduced that the reason was color. The German-Americans and Italian-Americans were considered white while the Japanese were not.
Hypothesis B: The Japanese Americans were interned during the Second World War because of their race and appearances.
Government Newsreel
Korematsu v. United States:
This case had the ruling that if internment was based on military emergency it was ok. It said that "Korematsu was not excluded from the Military Area because of hostility to him or his race. He was excluded because we are at war with the Japanese Empire, because the properly constituted military authorities feared an invasion of our West Coast and felt constrained to take proper security measures..." (Document D). They said that hardships were a part of war and that protection of the U.S. citizens was necessary.
Personal Justice Denied:
This document said that there were 20 days of hearings in the U.S. that determined why the government started the Japanese Internet. It said that the decisions were made from "racial prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership..." (Document E). They said that this evidence was because the Executive Order 9066 was not based off of a need of the military but because of the widespread ignorance of Japanese-Americans caused by fear and anger of Japan.
Final Hypothesis: Japanese Americans were interned during the Second World War because of the common ignorance that was caused by fear and anger of Japan.
This document suggested that the Japanese were relocated because they could easily hijack our army and naval bases and invade America. It suggested that the Japanese could easily be spying on the Americans and reporting information back to their comrades in Japan. It was feared as a security risk. In the document Eisenhower talked about the large population of Japanese-Americans on the west coast near major military bases that they could easily infiltrate like air craft plants and naval bases in California.
Hypothesis A: Japanese Americans were interned during the Second World War because Americans were afraid of an invasion of their military.
Munson Report
Korematsu v. United States
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