Franklin D Roosevelt Japanese Internment

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Franklin D. Roosevelt was one of the greatest presidents of all time. Roosevelt was seen as the president that restored the faith of the American people during the Great Depression. He was best known for the phrase, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself," and he brought about prompt and vigorous action after asserting it. One thing that goes unnoticed is that Roosevelt is also the president who signed executive order 9066 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to relocate all Japanese Americans living along the West Coast to internment camps. The signing of this order meant that Japanese Americans would be hauled off to these camps to be mistreated, personally humiliated, and treated unfairly. Many died while living in these camps.…show more content…
Many times there were over two-thousand more internees in a space than it should actually hold. Many camps had spaces that were intended for only four people and over twenty five would be crammed together in the space. Some internment camps were located in the desert, and the climate and weather in these areas was not suitable living areas for humans. Temperatures would reach as low as thirty-five degrees below zero during the winter, and one-hundred and fifteen degrees during the summer. Between the extreme temperatures and wildlife issues such as rattlesnakes and other rodents, the camps were less than discomforting. With the lack of sewer systems, health issues were also a serious concern among the internees. Thousands used the same outhouses during their stay in the internment camps and disease was a huge concern. Many lost their life due to these extreme…show more content…
In the beginning, the outcome was not in favor of the Japanese Americans because the government claimed it was done out of “military necessity,” which allowed supremacy of military over civil judgment and authority. Due to false statements found by a team of attorneys, in 1983, the cases were reopened. Finally, the government made the decision to accept the ruling of the Supreme Court on the matter. In 1988, a payment of $20,000 was made to every living Japanese American who had been contained in an internment camp by Congress. Over 60,000 Japanese Americans were still living at that time. It was an injustice that the government did not feel that the $20,000 should also be paid to the families of those Japanese Americans who lost their lives in the internment camps. Just because some of the people were no longer living due to the punishment they received in the camps, the next of kin should have been given the award money to show good faith of our

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