Topaz: The Trials and Tribulations of the Japense Internments during WWII
Topic: The Japanese Internment Camp Topaz
Focusing Question: The hypocrisy of freeing European Jews oversees while we intern our own citizens seems so blatantly wrong, why is this information not as well known not only in American history but documented in our states history as well?
1. Chronology of World War II Incarceration: Chronology taken from Japanese American National Museum Quarterly, vol. 9 no. 3, October-December 1994, pp.11-16.
This source was effective in understanding the consequences of events that led up to the internment. Before I held the notion that it was only the bombings of Pearl Harbor that stirred within the American people a resentment of the Japanese people but anti-Japanese sentiments had been plaguing the concious of Americans six decades previous. This is found in the period, February 23, 1905 The San Francisco Chronicle front page headline reads: "The Japanese Invasion: The Problem of the Hour." This launches an unrelenting string of editorials against the Japanese which serve to kick the anti-Japanese movement into high gear. Through this timeline I also learned that the repurcusions of interning these people did not end when the camps were closed but continued in the forms of racism in the workforce and in schools for many decades after.
2. Arrington, Leonard. Facts About Topaz. Information comes from the book “Pride and Prejudice”, 2nd ed.
This article was a good overview of the most basic facts concerning the camp such as populations, climate of the area, opening and closing of the camp as well as the size of the housing and the entire camp itself.