Fear on the West Coast powerpoint

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Camouflage at a West Coast airplane factory during WWII demonstrates how afraid people were of an air attack by Japan, and somewhat explains the totally unfounded racially-based hysteria that seized white Americans who feared if there was an invasion, Japanese-Americans - all of whom had been in the US since at least 1922 - would support the Japanese, rather than the American cause.

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Fear on the West Coast:

Fear on the West Coast

Slide 2:

Aircraft factory exposed

Slide 3:

Aircraft factory camouflaged

Slide 4:

Camouflage – up and over the factory

Slide 5:

View from the top – some trees & roofs are real, some fake

Slide 6:

View from the top – some trees & roofs are real, some fake

Slide 7:

Underneath the camouflage

Japanese-Americans and Executive Order 9066 February 1942:

Japanese-Americans and Executive Order 9066 February 1942

Why Intern Japanese-Americans?:

Why Intern Japanese-Americans? West Coast whites afraid of attack/invasion Closest to Japan Low military presence Hawaii was thought to be safe before Dec. 7 People complained to federal reps and senators, who pressured FDR FDR responded with Exec. Order 9066 American people pushed the fed government to act, NOT fed government acting for security of nation

What Happened:

What Happened about 120,000 Japanese forced into internment camps Had to sell home, business, possessions Could take essentials (bedding, toiletries, clothing) 2/3 were US citizens No Japanese immigrants since 1922 Finally freed in 1945

Granada Relocation Camp, Amache, Colo. :

Granada Relocation Camp, Amache, Colo.

Family barracks at Amache:

Family barracks at Amache

Tule Lake, Utah camp:

Tule Lake, Utah camp

100th Infantry Battalion of 442nd Regimental Combat Team – Japanese-Americans:

100 th Infantry Battalion of 442 nd Regimental Combat Team – Japanese-Americans 21 Medals of Honor. Distinguished Service Crosses 1 Distinguished Service Medal 560 Silver Stars 22 Legion of Merit Medals 15 Soldier’s Medals 4,000 Bronze Stars 9,486 Purple Hearts Had to prove their loyalty – only allowed to fight in Europe, not So. Pacific

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