Facts - In numbers
In 1943, the government began handing out surveys to anyone 17 or older. The survey was used to determine who was loyal to the U.S. and who wasn't. If you were deemed loyal, you got released.
The government estimated that these people's financial losses added up to be close to $400,000,000 because they were forced to sell everything before being moved to the camps. Businesses were sold for a fraction of their value and whatever money they had, they could use in the camps to better their living space, clothing, or food.
In the beginning, the camps were called "concentration camps" because Americans thought Germany was doing the same thing with the Jews. After Americans learned what really happned in Nazi concentration camps, they changed the name to "internment camps."
The Japanese Internment camps in America are not a common subject covered in American classrooms. We seem to try to cover up this scuff in our past because our country has finally realized that what we did was wrong. Even American History books tend to leave out most details about what happened. In our books provided by the schools there is under half a page dedicated to Japanese Internment Camps.
The Japanese camps in America were nothing like that of those in Germany. We should definitely share more about this to show that Germany was in the wrong yes but we are not perfect either. Do mass genocides exist today? Well most of the world didn't know the extent of German concentration camps until after the war, so really yes. There could be underground forms of mass genocide happening near us with out our knowing. If there weren't first-hand accounts of these camps, they would be a forgotten topic. We had never even heard of them until a few weeks ago in history class we talked about how it is a covered part of American history. It is important that we keep this topic alive to spread awareness to make sure nothing like this will happen again.