Internment of Japanese Americans 1942
Japanese American internment was the forcible displacement of thousands of Japanese Americans to internment camps by the United States government during World War II. That action marked the end of the federal government’s lengthy history of racist and discriminatory treatment of Asian immigrants and their descendants, which began in the late 1800s with restrictive immigration laws.
Despite a lack of strong evidence, the US War Department suspected Japanese Americans of acting as saboteurs or espionage operatives when the Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Some politicians advocated gathering up Japanese Americans, particularly those living along the West Coast, and incarcerating them inland. The US Department of Justice, which opposed transporting innocent citizens, and the War Department, which favored imprisonment, engaged in a power struggle.