Leo the 3
Very interesting and informative web page. This is a great service and I am delighted to find this source of knowledge. Knowledge is the key to not repeating the same errors of the past. I don't think anyone can say the actions of our US government was right in the treatment of Japanese American citizens during this horrible time. This can never be repeated. I must say in the dusk of the Sept 11 attack, the president's decision to detain suspected enemies of the state in a foreign land a very smart move. As long as none of these men are American citizens, the safety of our nation must come first. For the rest of us, freedom is not free and we as a people are moving in the right direction. There is no other place in the world where there is a vehicle to effect positive changes for its people (Black, Hispanic, Japanese, or otherwise).
Our whole ninth grade class went to this website, and did a worksheet on it. I was shocked about the way the Japanese Americans were treated. I'd known about the concentration camps but I'd never really thought about it deeply until I read Farwell to Manzanar and visted this site. It was truely a learning experience.
Japanese Americans were forced into concentration camps during World War 2. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, we took homes, cars, businesses, and a lot more from the Japanese and threw them into concentration camps. We treated them badly. If anyone went near the fence to get out, they would have been shot by a guard. Their living quarters were small and cramped. No one had privacy. By the end of the war, we let the Japanese Americans out of the camps. It took America 40 years to acknowledge what it had done was wrong.
The American government forced the Japanese Americans to live in a cardboard-like houses. Their homes were taken, they lost their jobs and most of their possessions. Their families were sometimes separated from one another. The government also seized bank accounts and the like. I believe this was a horrible event in the history of America.
This website was really good for me. Since we just finished reading the book Farewell to Manzanar it really brought a lot of information to what i read