Is There Such Thing as TOO Much Defense Essay
"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the
Empire of Japan…As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense…"Franklin D. Roosevelt stated this to the people of the United States, the day after the attack from Japan. On this day, the Japanese Empire weren't the only people to "defend" ourselves from, but Japanese-Americans were also put on that list of "threats" to the nation.Some of those "measures" to be initiated was the relocation of ALL JAPANESE-AMERICANS from the west coast.
Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans found themselves being forced out of their homes and properties, to be sent into assembly centers.Thousands and thousands of Japanese-Americans had to drop everything and report to certain areas depending on wear they lived.They had to leave almost all of their belongings behind, if anything was over 100 lbs. it had to be left behind.This also applied to non-Japanese who were married to Japanese-Americans, they too were sent to these assembly centers.These assembly centers were horrible, and occupants had little or no privacy, thousands of Japanese-Americans housed in one large building. In places like the Pomona Assembly Center, people stayed in the stalls were horses once lived, one living there would only have to stand up and peer into the next stall, neighbors could also hear everything that was going on, no ones life was private there.These were not sanitary living conditions for them at all, when it rained everything was washed back down on them and, they had seldom had anything decent to eat, eventually their portions of meat were sold by guards and others in charge of the center for some extra income. Those who had friends on the outside of these cente…