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US Enters WWII Research Questions

Summarize the events of December 7, 1941.
On December, 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.This took place in Hawaii. The attack was a major
event of World War II. In this bombing about 55 Japanese died. There were a total od 2403 deaths, 68 civilians 2335 soldiers.

Describe the actions taken by the United States government following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The United States declared war on Japan and President Roosevelt gave the United States a speech about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

What is an ‘alien enemy’?
Whenever there is a confirmed war between the United States and any foreign nation or
government, or any invasion perpetrated, attempted or in danger
against the territory of the United States by any native nation or government, and the
President makes a public statement of the event, all natives, citizens, or subjects
of the opposing nation or government, being of the age of fourteen years and older, who shall
be within the United States and not actually born here, shall be responsible to be held
restrained, secured, and removed as alien enemies.

Were all of the detainees considered ‘alien enemies’?
The Japanese were unexpected enemies. They were alien enemies and so were the German Americans.

How and why was the United States able to inter people of Japanese and German descent?
The US sent alien enemies, Germans and Japanese to internment camps they were better than concentration camps.

What was the US government able to do as a result of Proclamations 2525 and 2526?
They were able to control Japanese-Americans and German-Americans enough to make sure they weren't passing any sort of word that could help their own counties with the war.

What were the circumstances surrounding Proclamation 2525 and 2526?
The United States could not trust any other country and the American people could not trust anyone around them because they may be a communist. The United States could not trust Japan because they were at war with them and the United States could not trust Germany because Germany wanted the United States to be in the war.

Concentration Camps vs Internment Camps Research Questions

What is the difference between a concentration camp and an internment camp?
An internment camp was a large detention center. Concentration camp were much worse.
Concentration camps is when Jews and other religious groups are put into camps to work or die. An intermment camp is when Japanese or Germans are put into organiziatoins in which no one is to be killed, just until the end of the war.

How were internment camps organized?
They are organized in large groups.

Where were the internment camps?
Is the prisionment or confinement of people, commonly in large groups. They were all over. There were a wide spread in the U.S.Some of the places were in Illinois and Hawaii.

What types of facilities did the US use to contain enemy aliens?
US Department of Justice, United states Army, Dentention facilities.

Japanese Americans Research Questions

How did the attack on Pearl Harbor affect the lives of Japanese Americans?
This distrust of Japanese Americans arising out of the American public resulted in a tougher life for Japanese Americans and, eventually, the internment camps.

How were they treated after the bombing?
There was a lot of discrimination, people treated them like the Nazis did to the Jews when passed on the streets. Rocks were thrown at them, people beat them up when they could get them alone, and many other terrible things.

Why were they treated this way?
They were treated this way because the U.S. wanted to keep their countries safe by putting the Japanese in camps to keep the U.S from risking damage.

Were Japanese Americans sympathetic to or against what Japan was doing?
Some people question the U.S government and formed pro-Japanese groups for the Japanese.

In what ways was this similar and different to how Jews were treated in Germany?
It was similar because the Jews were also blamed for something they might be doing. It was different because the Japanese had different punishments then the Jews and they had different types of camps.

Notes about personal story one.
On December 7, 1941, Japan launched a sneak attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it a "date that will live in infamy."

Notes about personal story two.
It is important to remember that this was before the civil rights movement. Racism against people of color - Asians, Latins, and African Americans - was common.

Notes about personal story three.
Norman Mineta was ten years old when he left his home in San Jose, California, and relocated to Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Over the next few years, Norman experienced what it was like to live in an internment camp for Japanese Americans.

Notes about personal story four.
Almost 50 years later, the American Congress passed and President Ronald W. Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which formally apologized for its wartime imprisonment of these innocent people and awarded each of 80,000 survivors a $20,000 payment.

Notes about personal story five.
This fear continued through most of World War II. Even when it was clear that Japan was losing the war, most of the Japanese Americans were kept in camps well into 1944. The last camp did not close until March 1946, seven months after the war had ended.