What was the internment of Japanese Americans all about?
How Pearl Harbor and an attack on the US West Coast led to the detention of those with Japanese ancestry
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The internment of Japanese Americans on US soil during the Second World War is regarded as one of the most despicable violations of American civil rights in the 20th century. Yet ordered as it was in the wake of the unprovoked attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor and a later strike on the US West Coast, many believed their government was doing the right thing. Around 80,000 of those rounded up were second-generation, American-born Japanese with US citizenship. But hundreds of thousands more were immigrants ineligible for a US passport. All, however, were incarcerated in detention centers scattered across the United States.
So, what was the internment of Japanese Americans all about, really? Click though and learn more about this dark chapter in US history.
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