The Homefront Japanese Internment
Objective • Analyze the effects of the war on civil liberties for Japanese Americans and others.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin
The war stirred patriotism even as it brought out long-simmering fears and tensions. Similar to previous conflicts within U.S. history, certain groups of Americans will have their loyalty questioned.
Wartime fears also led to discrimination against Americans from Germany, Italy, and Japan. In time, suspicion focused on Japanese Americans. They were targeted for a combination of reasons. • Racism • Lack of political clout • Their fewer numbers and relative isolation
By executive order 9066, more than 100,000 Japanese Americans were forced to sell their homes and belongings. They were then sent to isolated internment camps.
Executive Order 9066 • http://www.ourdocuments.gov/print_friendly.php?page=transcript&doc=74&title=Transcript+of+Executive+Order+9066%3A++Resulting+in+the+Relocation+of+Japanese+%281942%29
They remained in the camps for the rest of the war. Some Japanese Americans went to court to fight for their civil liberties. Their efforts failed.
If you were advising FDR during this era, would you have supported this decision? Why or why not?
An acknowledgement of a mistake • http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1988-08-05/news/8801200690_1_japanese-americans-internment-japanese-american-citizens-league-internment-camps