American Government World War II internment Camps Close Reading

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American Government

World War II – Internment Camps – Close Reading

Name: ___________________ Date: __________________ Period: ______

Two months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 ordering all Japanese-Americans to evacuate the West Coast. This resulted in the relocation of approximately 120,000 people, many of whom were American citizens, to one of 10 internment camps located across the country.

  1. When was Executive Order 9066 signed?

  1. What did the execut ive order do?

  1. How many relocation camps were there ?

After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941, rumors spread, fueled by race prejudice, of a plot among Japanese-Americans to sabotage the war effort. In early 1942, the Roosevelt administration was pressured to remove persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast by farmers seeking to eliminate Japanese competition, a public fearing sabotage, politicians hoping to gain by standing against an unpopular group, and military authorities.

  1. Why was Roosevelt pressured to put the Japanese-Americans in camps?

  1. Who were some of the groups pushing for this?.

Many of the Japanese-Amercican families were forced to sell their property at a severe loss before departure. Social problems beset the internees: older Issei (immigrants) were deprived of their traditional respect when their children, the Nisei (American-born), were alone permitted authority positions within the camps

  1. What were some of the problems resulting to the Japanese Americans in the camps?

Some 3,600 Japanese-Americans entered the armed forces from the camps, as did 22,000 others who lived in Hawaii or outside the relocation zone. The famous all-Japanese 442nd Regimental Combat Team won numerous decorations for its deeds in Italy and Germany.

  1. How many Japanese Americans joined the military? Did they serve well?

Early in 1945, Japanese-American citizens of undisputed loyalty were allowed to return to the West Coast, but not until March 1946 was the last camp closed. A 1948 law provided for reimbursement for property losses by those interned.

  1. When did the last camp close?

  1. What laws did Congress pass to help the Japanese who had lost their property?

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