Connor Romine American Internment Camps…
Connor Romine American Internment Camps
I. Introduction Paragraph
"'What's the point of fighting anything when you can't do anything?'"
II. Historical Background
Attack on Pearl Harbor
what happened & results/casualties
"On December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor was bombed. They managed to damage almost 20 U.S. Naval vessels, of which 8 large battle ships, 200 airplanes and killing over 2,000 Americans.
Cause of the attack
"Japan had imperial ambitions to expand to China to some demographic and economical problems... America was very against this aggression and responded with trade embargoes and economic sanctions."
Gov't response and actions
"Hours after the attack, U.S. security personnel... [started] arresting Japanese Americans-Businessmen, journalists, teachers, and civil official..."
"They said that the reason was not based on military necessity. It was based on racial prejudice and war hysteria and a lack of leadership from our government..."
"Lt. General John DeWitt, leader of the western defense command believed that the civilian population needed to be taken control of to prevent a repeat of Pearl Harbor."
" On February 19,1942, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor... president Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066..."
III. Relocation process
"The police didn't come and force us to come in we just voluntary went there."
what they have to bring
They had to bring clothing, their own plates. They said it was like camping
how to handle family business
Some farmers burned their own crops because they were so mad.
Farmers who may of had it the worse
"They lived in barrack-like conditions, standing in long lines for little food, eating off tin plates in big mess halls."
In the assembly centers several families were housed together. They were some form of barracks with communal eating areas.
types of locations
Fair grounds, racetracks, even horse and cow sheds were used to house the Japanese Americans.
3,000 people stayed in livestock pavilions in Oregon, in Santa Anita 18,000 people interred, only 8,500 lived in stables.
" Topaz in Utah, Minidoka in Idaho, Gila River and Poston in Arizona, Heart Mountain in Wyoming, Amache in Colorado, Rohwer and Jerome in Arkansas, Tule Lake and Manzanar in California."
parts/types of buildings
Chicken coops and slaughterhouses
Amount of people
Around 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans were evacuated
IV. Hardships of Camp life
"... families no longer ate together. Teenagers wanted to be with other teens. People who had once sat and ate at the extended family tables were isolated. Grandparents, parents and children broke apart...Mothers could no longer cook for their children... traditions and conversations began to fade."
prisoners were fed potatoes instead of rice.
They had chicken and pigs.
At Topaz only children under 12 would receive milk only 6 ounces a day. Pregnant women because of their unborn children could not get any milk."
Jobs and School
Students went to school everyday and adults had jobs in farming or maintaining the plants.
Riots and Deaths
"In 1943 a riot broke out at Tule Lake following on accidental death."
At Topaz a man got to close to the fence, months later the same thing happened to a young couple.
"[At Topaz] there were no pets allowed later on they allowed pets to be added to the camps. A old man had a puppy, the puppy started to running to the fence and he ran after it. A guard told him to stop and he didn't so he shot him. That showed the mentality of the guards. 'even if the guy was running towards the fence, how could he get out?'"
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