Japanese Internment Should the government have placed Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast in internment camps?

This is a very difficult thing for anyone to decide but in certain situations people will make decisions according to how they feel at the moment. So should the government have placed Japanese-Americans living on the west coast in internment camps?

YES: Yes is the first easiest answer that anyone could say during this time. Most people won't stop to reason when they are scared. Just like mentioned in document #1, its fear that led to the internment camps. People were afraid that Japanese-Americans will somehow feel obligated to go back and support their countries and maybe even spy for them. And this is understandable to a point because most people from foreign countries still like to acknowledge their home country. But we all need to understand that even if they love their home country, it doesn't mean they will turn back in times of war.

No: This where a person has to really reason with him/herself before just spitting out no. Document #2 talks about Shuji Fujii, an editor and publisher of the Japanese newspaper, he basically spoke up saying that the Japanese-Americans will stay loyal to the United States. This shows you where the people's loyalty lies, and it doesn't always lie to their ancestry land as much as it does to their current home.

Although most of the Japanese-Americans found creative ways to pass time in the camps, some grew depressed, some couldn't last and others just committed suicide, and others just lost their purpose to life.

My in opinion i say they shouldn't have put most if not all Japanese-Americans in the internment camps because most of them were born here. Document #4 has section one of the 14th Amendment to the United States constitution, and it says that anyone born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction is a citizen of the United States and they can live anywhere in the states. So locking up these people was like locking up the citizens and taking most of their rights and freedoms that come with citizenship from them.


Created with images by IMLS DCC - "Irene and Hiroshi Ito walking in block 44, Minidoka, 1944" • IMLS DCC - "Children marching with flags, Minidoka, ca. 1943" • jvoves - "The grave of Matsunosuke Murakami; Manzanar Japanese Internment Camp"

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