AsianAmericans and concentration camps

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In the early 1940’s, there was evidence of Japanese-American loyalty and innocence, but the information was not always well known. This, coupled with the factors of war hysteria led to the legal upholding of concentration camps in Korematsu v. U.S. (1944). The injustice was clouded, most immediately by the war, and indirectly by racism at home. The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor left a permanent indent on the way Americans viewed the Japanese. Indeed, it …

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…citizens in this manner, but at that time national safety was more important. There was prejudice against the Japanese-Americans, but this was slightly understandable since the U.S. was fighting Japanese homeland and the people were unsure of where the Japanese-Americans’ loyalties were. The job of the political leadership of the time was national defense. In that view, it was better to contain a possible problem now, before the possible problem got out of control.