AsianAmericans and concentration camps

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In the early 1940’s, there was evidence of Japanese-American loyalty and innocence, but the information was not always well known. This, coupled with the factors of war hysteria led to the legal upholding of concentration camps in Korematsu v. U.S. (1944). The injustice was clouded, most immediately by the war, and indirectly by racism at home. The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor left a permanent indent on the way Americans viewed the Japanese. Indeed, it was this one act which thrust the isolationist U.S. into the middle of the world’s biggest war. The brutal attack, so close to home, was viewed as sneaky and underhanded. This, added to the fact that the Japanese were rumored to have an amazingly effective spy system on Hawaii and the West Coast, led the Japanese-Americans to become hig Continue...


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There was prejudice against the Japanese-Americans, but this was slightly understandable since the U. There is also the chasm of culture; ignorance is the key to racism, and the average American knew very little of the lifestyle and customs of the Far East. There were even some conspiracy theorists that rationalized that the sneaky Japanese were merely waiting for the right time to strike, as they did at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese-Americans also had a decent reputation in general, but people were too occupied with the war to worry about it. There were also facts going against the Japanese-Americans. There were Japanese loyally fighting in the American army. In addition, the Japanese-Americans were concentrated on the Western Coast and could thus organize better. In short, there were facts, but the overwhelming war mania pertaining to the encompassing war caused a protective hysteria. They were even a more immediate threat than communists, since they required an eventual takeover, and Germans, since they were preoccupied by numerous enemies. They even went quietly to the concentration camps, having faith in the American system. 112,000 Japanese-Americans 60 of which were U.

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