A Military Necessity: the Japanese American Internment Persuasive Essay

A Military Necessity: the Japanese American Internment
An examination of the interment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
# 102234 | 2,100 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Mar 20, 2008 in Asian Studies (Asian American) , History (U.S. World Wars)

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This paper discusses how, due to military necessity, 120,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly interned in 1942, permanently scarring America, and creating a future precedence. The paper argues that this was an unjustified response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Surprisingly, the paper points out, many of the internees proved that they were able to make the best of a bad situation. Furthermore, despite the unfair treatment, a select few Japanese Americans were still willing to fight for their country and eventually became part of the most decorated unit in American history, the "Purple Heart Battalion". The paper concludes that this story proves that even in the face in adversity, people can do great things.

Table of Contents:
Journey to the Internment camps
Living Conditions
Release and Reparations

From the Paper:

"Education was another serious concern among the camps. Schools had to be set up quickly, and materials were in short supply. Most schools opened around October, an unusual month compared to normal schools. In Wyoming, "A block of barracks was set aside for use as classrooms. Books did not arrive until December and then only in limited numbers. If a student had homework, he or she had to check out the textbook for the evening. Paper and pencils were also in short supply. The chalkboard was a piece of plywood painted black. Students sat on benches, and though some teachers had a table, others used boxes for desks. Students who sat in the front of the classroom near the potbellied stoves roasted, while those who sat in the back wore coats to keep from freezing. The open ceilings made for continuous distractions as the noise from one classroom invaded adjacent rooms." Other camps had it even worse though, holding classes in dinning halls, which proved to be both noisy and crowded. Teachers were also extremely hard to come by, but were appreciated when they did. Students were eager to learn and naturally cooperative. Later in the years, real schools began to appear complete with libraries, auditoriums, and even wood shops. To make things even better, "Graduates from the high schools in the relocation centers who qualified for colleges and universities, went to these schools in the mid-west and east coast states, usually on full scholarships. By the end of the war, many of these "students" were ready to graduate with college degrees and enter the job market at the same time the returning service men were just getting ready to enter college." So many people received college degrees that many camps were even able hold reunions for the students."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • America At War: The Internment of Japanese Americans (1940s)." American Decades. Online Edition. Gale, 2003. Student Resource Center. Thomson Gale. 28 February 2006 <http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SRC>
  • "The Internment of Japanese Americans (1940s)." American Decades. Online Edition. Gale, 2003. Student Resource Center. Thomson Gale. 27 February 2006 http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SRC
  • "Internment/Relocation." Webb Research Group. 24 Feb. 2006 < http://www.pnorthwestbooks.com/docs/fac_fic_fal.html>
  • Kleponis, Joe. Phone interview. 18 Feb. 2006
  • Mackey, Mike. "A Brief History of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center And the Japanese American Experience." 22 Feb. 2006 <http://chem.nwc.cc.wy.us/HMDP/history.htm>

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