Japanese Internment Camps

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Japanese Internment Camps

What caused this?

On December 7, 1941 it was a Sunday at Honolulu Hawaii.At 8 o'clock hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. It lasted 2 hours. The Japanese destroyed 20 American vessals. 2,403 people died, 1,282 wounded and 188 aircraft were destroyed.

The Start

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Japanese Internment Camps

The official start of the Japanese internment camps was when Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9066 in Feb 19, 1942. About 160,000 Japanese Americans in Hawaii were transfered to the camps.About 125,000 Japaese Americans in the U.S. mainland(most from west coast) transfered to the camps.2/3 were U.S. born. 2/3 of interns were Nisei.Japanese born called Issei.U.S, born Japanese called NiseiCanada Had a similar situation to. The Canadians had 23,000 Nikkei(Canadians of Japanese decendence) were also moved to camps.


There were 10 Japanese Interncamps but there were also detention camps and relocation camps. The camps were in the states California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arkansas.The Japanese camps never reacher the level of the Jewish camps. The government would pay an intern up to 20$ a month if they worked at the camp. Life at the camp was just like a normal life out side the camp. The camps had school, medical care, camp newspapers, and musical entertainment. They had 3 meals a day but the food was bad. The Japanese Americans would lve in tiny barracks.

Mess hall Could hold up to 250-300 people.

The End

1944, two and a half years later, Roosevelt got rid of the order. By 1945 all the camps were closed. The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 gave 20,000$ and an appology to the Interns of the camps.

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