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Japanese American Internment during World War II by Wendy Ng

By Wendy Ng

The internment of millions of eastern american citizens in the course of international struggle II is without doubt one of the so much shameful episodes in American historical past. This historical past and reference advisor may also help scholars and different readers to appreciate the heritage of this motion and its reinterpretation lately, however it also will support readers to appreciate the japanese American wartime event in the course of the phrases of these who have been interned. Why did the U.S. executive take this notable motion? How was once the evacuation and resettlement dealt with? How did jap americans think on being requested to depart their houses and reside in what amounted to focus camps? How did they reply, and did they face up to? What advancements have taken position within the final two decades that experience reevaluated this wartime action?

A number of fabrics is supplied to help readers in knowing the internment adventure. Six interpretive essays study key facets of the development and supply new interpretations in accordance with the latest scholarship. Essays include:

- a quick narrative background of the japanese in the US ahead of international conflict II

- The evacuation

- existence inside of barbed wire-the meeting and relocation centers

- The query of loyalty-Japanese americans within the army and draft resisters

- criminal demanding situations to the evacuation and internment

- After the war-resettlement and redress

A chronology of occasions, 26 biographical profiles of vital figures, the textual content of 10 key fundamental documents--from govt Order 9066, which approved the internment camps, to first-person bills of the internment experience--a word list of phrases, and an annotative bibliography of steered print assets and sites supply prepared reference worth. each library may still replace its assets on global battle II with this historical past and reference guide.

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1968: 100). DeWitt played an influential and strategic role as commanding officer of the WDC and the decision to evacuate and remove Japanese from the West Coast. He was strident in his statements about the military necessity of Japanese incarceration. He stated, "We are at war and this area— eight states—has been designated as a theater of operations.... [There are] approximately 288,000 enemy aliens which we have to watch and I have little confidence that the enemy aliens are law-abiding or loyal in any sense of the w o r d .

Single men made up the bulk of these worker migrants on the islands. The Gentlemen's Agreement of 1907 halted the migration of male laborers to the islands as it did to the mainland United States. Thus, Japanese women constituted a small percentage of the total Japanese immigrant population. They were only 9 percent of the Japanese immigrants in 1890. Their proportions increased throughout the years as single male laborers of Hawaii entered into arranged marriages with "picture bride" Japanese women, whose immigration was not affected by the Gentlemen's Agreement.

Shortly after the passage of Executive Order 9066, General DeWitt issued Public Proclamation 1, which created Military Areas 1 and 2. Military Area 1 covered the western portion of Washington, Oregon, California, and the southern half of Arizona. Military Area 2 consisted of portions of all those states that were not in Area 1. In these areas, all enemy aliens included Japanese, German, and Italian aliens (noncitizens) as well as American citizens of Japanese descent. Enemy aliens had to register with the government and let government officials know if they were to move.

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