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US Enters WWII Research Questions

Summarize the events of December 7, 1941.
*The US was attacked by the empire of Japan on December 7, 1941.The attack was on Pearl Harbor. The US knew Japan would attack, but didn't know when. Japanese planes dropped bombs all over Pearl Harbor, killing many unprepared people.

Describe the actions taken by the United States government following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
*The US declared war on Japan. After many battles, and a warning, the US dropped 2 atomic bombs on Japan, causing them to surrender.

What is an ‘alien enemy’?
*an individual who is regarded as an enemy in wartime.

Were all of the detainees considered ‘alien enemies’?
*detainee- person held in custody.
Japanese and Germans were considered alien enemies and were put to interment camps.
How and why was the United States able to inter people of Japanese and German descent?
*The US sent alien enemies(Germas and Japanese) to internment camps, which weren't as terrible as concentration camps.
interning- act of confining

What was the US government able to do as a result of Proclamations 2525 and 2526?
*2525- alien enemies- Japanese
2526- alien enemies- Germans
Many "alien enemies" were arrested. The US was allowed to take alien enemies of fourteen years and older and remove them from the US.

How and why was the US government able to inter people of Japanese and German descent?
  • The US was able to send "alien enemies" to interment camps for the safety of the US.

Concentration Camps vs Internment Camps Research Questions

What is the difference between a concentration camp and an internment camp?
*Hitler forced people into concentration camps, where they were worked, beaten, and killed.
In internment camps, the residents were able to bring with them:
-bedding and linens for each person
-toilet articles
-extra clothing for each person
-knives, spoons, forks, cups, bowls, and plates for each person
In conclusion, internment camps were A LOT better.
internment camps were only like detention; concentration camps were death camps.

How were internment camps organized?
*people in internment camps were able to bring belongings with them.

Where were the internment camps?
*There were many camps scattered across the US. California had many camps. There is even a camp in Chicago!

What types of facilities did the US use to contain enemy aliens?
*There were many different kinds of interment camps, including forest camps and resorts.

Japanese Americans Research Questions

How did the attack on Pearl Harbor affect the lives of Japanese Americans?
  • The US feared Japanese living in the US may have been giving secrets to Japan. To stay safe, the put the "alien enemies" in internment camps.

How were they treated before and after the bombing?
*They were sent to internment camps as "alien enemies"

Why were they treated this way?
*Because they were Japanese, and there was a possibilty of treason.

Were most Japanese Americans sympathetic to or against what Japan was doing?
          • Japanese American were against it, because it caused them to go to interment camps.

In what ways was this similar and different to how Jews were treated in Germany?
      • Jews in Germany were treated a lot worse. In concentration camps(in Germany), The main goal was to kill Jews. In interment camps, the main goal was to keep the US safe.

Notes about personal story one.
  • Bess K. Chin- At 18, she, her mother, and sister went to camp in Wyoming. Her father died when she was six, the day after her sister graduated from highschool. Her sister had to give up plans of going to college, to help raise the family. She was born in the 1920s. One sister recently died, another has emphysema, and her only brother is getting older, and forgetful. She is the only healthy one right now. Her mother was a Japanese language school teacher. Her mother burried Japanese flags, pictures and statues to hide their Japanese culture.

Notes about personal story two.
  • Janet Daijogo was born in 1937, and went to the internment camp in Topaz, Utah from when she was five, to eight. She was too young to understand what was happening to her. Because of that, she had many years of cultural confusion while at the camp. She is now a kindergarten teacher at Marin Country Day School.

Notes about personal story three.
*Fumi Hayashi was born in Alameda, California in June 3, 1926. She admitts that she was happy as a child. She lived in Berkeley since she was two. Fumi says she lived in a mixed community with Japanese people, black people, Latinos, and possibly Jewish people. She lived in a camp in Tanforan, and later in Topaz. She attended college in St. Louis after she left the internment camp.

Notes about personal story four.
*Paul Ohtaki was one one the first to be sent to Manzar Relocation Camp in northern California, and was later transferred to New Mexico.. He was born on Bainbridge Island on September 1924. He lived during the times of depression and understood that things were tough. He says President Roosevelt created the Federal Home Act, which gave loans so people could buy homes. He says those didn't apply to most Asians, who weren't qualified. Unfortunately, Paul died at 83, in 2008.

Notes about personal story five.**
*Hiroshi Kashiwagi was born on November 8, 1922, in Scramento, California. After highschool, he and his family were interned in Tule Lake. Meanwhile, his father was being hospitalized with tuberculosis. While in the camps, Hiroshi started to write and act, which became hobbies that he continues today. He says in the camps were schools that he attended, and that they were nationalistic. After the camps, he met up with his father in Weimar (Northern California).