The Japanese American Internment. U.S. Legislation – Specific to Asian Americans. 1878 Chinese are ineligible for naturalization. 1894 Japanese are ineligible for naturalization.
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It all happened so quickly. Japanese Americans on the West Coast of the United States had made lives for themselves in spite of discrimination, but on December 7, 1941, everything changed. To the panicked people after the attack on Pearl Harbor, every person of Japanese descent could be a potential spy.
In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order that moved nearly 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans into 10 isolated relocation centers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.
No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. Those accused of a crime shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation.
These protections are guaranteed in the 5th and 6th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Monument to the 100th Battalion & 442nd RegimentIn seven major campaigns in Europe this all-Nisei unit, made up of both volunteers and draftees, suffered nearly 10,000 casualties with some 800 of its members killed or dying of wounds later.
Japanese American Citizens League. 21 May 2010. http://www.jacl.org/index.htm
National Park Service. 21 May 2010. http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/89manzanar/89manzanar.htm
Teaching Tolerance. 25 May 2010. http://www.tolerance.org/supplement/timelie
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. (Edmund Burke, Irish political philosopher)
First they came for the Jewsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communistsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionistsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for meand there was no one leftto speak out for me.