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US Enters WWII Research Questions

Summarize the events of December 7, 1941.
  • On this day the Japanese army launches a surprise attack on the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor. More than 2,300 Americans were killed in the attack. The U.S. government ends diplomatic relations with Japan and declares war right after the attack.
Describe the actions taken by the United States government following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Roosevelt declared war right after the attack. He issues proclamation 2525 and 2526 which made German, Japanese, and Italian people alien enemies. It also allowed him to keep them in interment camps.
What are alien enemies?
Were all of the detainees considered ‘alien enemies’?
  • No because along with the Japanese alien enemies they took Japanese Americans.
How and why was the United States able to inter people of Japanese and German descent?
  • The Alien Enemies Act of 1798 allowed the U.S. government to inter alien enemies.
What was the US government able to do as a result of Proclamations 2525 and 2526?
  • They were allowed to keep alien enemies in internment camps.

Concentration Camps vs Internment Camps Research Questions

What is the difference between a concentration camp and an internment camp?

  • In concentration camps people are tortured, killed, and forced to work. They have very little freedom compared to internment camps.
How were internment camps organized?

  • The government would take the alien enemies and gather them. Later they send them to the camps where they would be confined.
Where were the internment camps?
There were camps scattered all over the U.S. Most were in California.

What types of facilities did the US use to contain enemy aliens?
The U.S. used forest camps, U.S. army posts, resorts, hotels, Latin American detention centers,temporary detention facilities and DOJ camps.

Japanese Americans Research Questions

How did the attack on Pearl Harbor affect the lives of Japanese Americans?
  • Japans were seen as enemies after the bombings. They were alien enemies and the were sent to camps.
How were they treated before and after the bombing?

  • They were treated like enemies and many people didn't like them. They were sent to camps and they were isolated.
Why were they treated this way?

  • They were treated this way because the U.S. knew that the Japanese Amercians were loyal to Japan and they were considered enemies.
Were Japanese Americans sympathetic to or against what Japan was doing?

  • Japanese Americans were against what Japan was doing because they respected the U.S. Japan ruined their lives in the U.S.
What ways was this similar and different to how Jews were treated in Germany?
  • Jews were tortured, killed, and worked to death and the Japanese were only confined

Notes about personal story one.
  • He left camp when he was 18 years old. It was during the summer of 1944. He was a student at George Washington High School whe nhe went to the camps.
He was sent to the camps when he was 16 years old. He was interned at the camp in Topaz, Utah.
Notes about personal story two.
  • She was a Nisei born in Washington State. She was transported to a center at Tule Lake.

Notes about personal story three.
  • Norman was sent to the camps in Heart Mountain, Wyoming at the age of ten. He was a Nisei living in San Jose, California. He and his family were strong supporters of the U.S.

Notes about personal story four.
  • Kenji grew up in Seattle, Washington. He lived in a Colorado camp until 1943 which was when he got accepted to a college.

Notes about personal story five.
  • She stayed at the Fresno County fairgrounds for 6 months and were later relocated to Jerome, Arkansas. She lived in Florin, California.