Kierra Reinwald Japanese American Internment Camps (IV. Hardships of Camp…
Kierra Reinwald Japanese American Internment Camps
" 'We just cried because we didn't know when we were going to see each other again.' "
B. Thesis Statement:
IV. Hardships of Camp Life
Weather- Winter: wet hair would freeze, fingers would stick to door knobs Summer: no shade and miserably hot
Gangs- people would beat others up
People in line would see others taking showers. It would make them feel degraded.
D. family structure/separation
no supervision, eating with friends instead of family, this went against their customs
There was toast, apple butter, coffee, and milk. For dinner: hamburger and rice.
Was worse than minimum military standards and prisoners.
search lights, watch towers with machine guns, anyone attempting to escape would be killed, there would be random searches
lines for mail, checks, meals, showers, laundry, toilets, everything
III. Relocation Process
A. Frenzy of moving
a. Other people would keep important things for the Japanese-Americans.
a. Fridges would sell for $10. Cars would sell for $25.
a. Japanese-Americans had 5 days to prepare. They only took what they could carry.
a. Japanese-Americans were hidden during transportation
B. Assembly centers
a. racetracks, fairgrounds, open areas surrounded by barbed wire
a. Roofs were made of tar and there was no plumbing. There were cracks that allowed dust to get inside.
b. There were many bugs and it was not clean.
C. Internment Camps
a. " 'They left us [at the assembly centers] for about six months and then one of the camps were ready.' "
a. Topaz in Utah, Minidoka in Idaho, Gila RIver and Poston in Arizona, Heart Mountain in Wyoming, Amache in Colorado, Rowher and Jerome in Arkansas, Tule Lake and Manzanar in California
II. Historical Background
A. Attack on Pearl Harbor
a. December 7, 1941
a. Japan needed the natural resources from the US owned islands to continue fighting WWII.
b. America enters WWII
a. 3,700 US casualities
B. Government Response
executive order 9066
a. Date Issued: 19 Feb. 1942
c. Why: Japanese-American population was near important war assets.
b. Who: " '. . . All Japanese persons, both alien and non-alien, will be evacuated . . .' "