The Japanese-American Internment and 9/11 Argumentative Essay by Arimasu

The Japanese-American Internment and 9/11
Argues that the U.S. government's treatment of ethnic groups especially in its over-reaction to 9/11 is similar to its internment of Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor.
# 149565 | 1,980 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper relates the history of the restrictions of Japanese-Americans even before Pearl Harbor and their internment as a reaction to this event. Next, the author underscores that this internment has been deemed to be morally wrong and eventually costly, reflecting race prejudice, war hysteria and failure of political leadership; however, in 1950, Congress passed the Emergency Detention Act giving power to apprehend or detain anyone who appears to be engaging in espionage. The paper reveals that Presidents from Carter to Bush II have used this power to integrate and incarcerate suspicious ethnic groups especially President George W. Bush in his treatment of Arab-Americans after 9/11.

Table of Contents:
History of Japanese-Americans
United States Reaction toward Japanese-Americans
Public Reaction to Internment Camps
History Repeating Itself

From the Paper:

"In a matter of days, not only was there assistance in the relocation, the orders that made anyone violating any military order face civil penalties including imprisonment. Then a curfew was placed upon the Japanese-Americans from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am. The internment camps were filling up from March to November 1942 in two waves, the first in temporary camps and then moved again to permanent internment camps (Irons, 50). This process of relocation upset the family unit in many different manners, one of which is the uncertainty of being reunited with family who was sent to another camp. There was also a concern about those who were younger than 14 aging into the age of suspicion. The anger these younger children were experiencing in conjunction with the coming of age of suspicion left the question of their compliance up in the air. No one knew if these young men in particular would retaliate against the government. The ten permanent internment camps were located in some of the most horrific environments in the United States. Swamps and deserts in Utah, Wyoming California, Arkansas, Idaho, Arizona, and Colorado were completely unfamiliar to the 'alien enemies' and added to the stress and frustration these individuals experienced."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kang, J. Thinking Through Internment: 12/7 and 9/11. Amerasia Journal, UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press, volume 28, number 1, pp 41-50. 2001-2002. Print. 16 October 2011. HYPERLINK ""
  • Lippman, W. Today and Tomorrow. New York Tribune. 12 February 1942. Web. 16 October 2011. HYPERLINK "" .
  • Peterson, T. Japanese Americans. 2004. Print. Heinemann Library Press: Chicago, IL.
  • Robinson, G. By order of the president: FDR and the internment of Japanese Americans. 2001. Print. Harvard University Press: Boston MA.
  • Rostow, E. The Japanese American Cases: A Disaster. Yale Law Journal, volume 54, number 489. 1944-1945. Print. 16 October 2011. HYPERLINK "" .

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