American & Japanese Interment By: dylan matsuoka

  • World War II 1939-1945
  • Pearl harbor DEC 7 1941 is what sparked the Americans to put the Japanese into concentration camps.
  • Two third of the Japanese in the concentration camps were u.s citizens.
  • 110,000 - 120,000 were put into concentration camps.
they weren't hunted down or chased they were just these cruel poster to tell them what to do and where to go and to just basically leave every thing and come right now.

So where were they sent?

  • The first place they were sent was called the assembly centers.
  • Witch is where they were put into actual used horse stalls to sleep in.
  • One man said it was like they white washed the stalls and put them into them.
  • He said you could still smell the poop from the horses.
  • The largest facility was in Santa Anita in Southern California.

What were the concentration camps like?

  • Well each camp was run by the new system called the (WRA) war relocation authority.
  • There were 6 men to a dorm with one light and one fire
  • Their beds were made of straw.
  • The living conditions were very tight.
  • The dorms were so close that is you talked to loud the next door dorm could here your conversation.

So what was life like in the camps?

  • There were communal bathrooms and eating.
  • Some say they were starved but they weren't there just wasn't enough food to be spread around.
  • So they began to create their own farms
  • They created there own system of nurses and doctors and relied on there self not the country any more.
  • They new things would be fixed so they dealt with what they had and made it the best they could.
  • Even though you couldn't own any thing no music or radios.

What was life like after the war?

  • Once they were let go some didn't want to leave because they new they had nothing to go back to.
  • They were sent this measly apology note and a grant for 20,000 dollars.
  • Witch doesn't even really cover the cost of a home.
  • And the ones they had before were vandalized raided or destroyed when they returned.
  • Some even went into the army so they had something.
  • Their lives were pretty crappy after that until they were able to get stable again.
  • They had so start at ground zero, they owned nothing, and had nothing.
  • All they had was a not a check and them selves.
  • 1944-1945 was when they finaly closed the camps down
  • Only 82,219 out of 110,000 survived
  • The Civil Liberties Act was passed
  • They were let go but they were let go and sent back to where they had nothing.
  • A grant of 20,000 dollars was demmed to them
  • And on June 29, 2001 a memorial to Japanese American Patriotism in World War II was constructed in Washington DC


  • Was it right,was it fair? no
  • But at the same time i understand why the Americans did it.
  • They didn't want to but the Japanese pushed their had to do it.
  • The Americans were taking the safe way they didn't know if the Japanese in the united states were terrorist or not.
  • But i feel like why didn't they step back for just 1 minute and think is this the right thing to be doing?
  • It also blows my mind how the japanese just stayed calm and made the best of it and new things would be fixed
  • But now these people who thought they were u.s citizens could be betrayed and treated like this by their own new country.
  • And now they lived in fear thinking what could happen next that could heart us.


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