Emily Head Japanese American Interment Camps (Hardships of camp life lV…
Japanese American Interment Camps
Hardships of camp life lV
Lack of privacy C
When you went to the bathroom at night the spot light would follow you. 3
In some places they didn't even have a ceiling, and they could hear everything that happened next door. 2
In the beginning toilet areas were not partitioned. And no doors for the showers. They were open showers. 4
you were usually put into a room with nine other people 1
It snowed most of the time in Wyoming. 1
In sandstorms the sand would come into the room because nothing was sealed. 3
It hit 25 below zero. 2
It would get so cold in places if you touched the doorknob your skin would fall off.
Relocation Places lll
Assembly Centers B
They would stay at fairgrounds or a horse stall at a racetrack.
Frenzy of Moving A
People who stored their property through private arrangements manage a little better.
Three-and-four-hundred-dollar pianos would sell for 5 and 10 dollars. b
A pickup truck was being sold for 125 but was bought at 25. c
Farm equipment went for 5 and ten cents on the dollar. a
Intern. camps C
The sites included Tule Lake, California; Minidoka, Idaho; Manzanar, California; Topaz, Uthah; Jerome Arkansas; Heart Mountain, Wyoming; Poston, Arizona; Granada, Colorado; and Rohwer, Arkansas.
Many miles inland, often in remote and desolate locales.
Historical Background ll
Attack of Pearl Harbor A
December 7, 1941 a
December 8, 1941 declared war on Japan b
Main reason was over economic issues a
Climax of worsening relations between U.S. and Japan b
2,343 killed. 1,272 wounded. 960 missing. a
68 civilians killed and 35 wounded. b
Japanese force 4
Surviving ships 5
Government Response B
notices posted 1
All Japanese ancestry were ordered to assembly centers
executive order 9066 2
Gave permission to military to remove people
Attention getter A
"As far as I'm concerned, I was born here, and according to the Constitution that I studied in school, that I had the Bill of Rights that should have backed me up. And until the very minute I got onto the evacuation train, I says, 'it can't be.' I says, 'How can they do that to an American citizen?' " By Robert Kashiwagi
Thesis Statement B