Clips relating to Japanese-American Internment Camps

Clip 1

This clip has no narration at all, but it still does a good job, starting off with the attack on Pearl Harbor and ending with the surrender of Japan and the release of the internees.

Clip 2

The clip opens with a newsreel or propaganda film section about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The clip interweaves scenes of the things related to the internment and more scenes from the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Then it shows more scenes of the interment process, with without comment.

There is one sentence spoken but I can't make all of it out and what I can make out doesn't sound like it makes a whole lot of sense; maybe it's part of a poem or something.

A reference to the internees who did not want to volunteer for the draft. There's a scrawl that says 63 Japanese-Americans were given life in prison. The clip ends with the bombing of Hiroshima.

Such clips are interesting, but basically a person has to already know a fair amount about exactly what happened for everything to make sense.

Clip 3

A voiceover quotes an official saying there will be no armed uprising of the Japanese-Americans on the West Coast.

This is followed by FDR's speech to Congress about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

A number of Japanese Americans are heard talking about people's reactions to them after the attack.

More quotes follow, and they are very good ones.

The quotes include things about how Japanese-American families were worried because they had Japanese books or collections of Japanese dolls. These were burned by the families.

At first it was rumors about relocation, but the rumors proved to be true.

Quotes from Executive Order 9066 are shown along with scenes of the internment process.

More photos are shown as more quotes are read from various people including Eleanor Roosevelt, people who were in the camps, and people who helped run the camps.

Question 27 from the notorious questionnaire that caused so much trouble.

Question 28. Those who answered “no” to both questions were taken from where they were and put into Tule Lake camp, the camp set aside for “troublemakers.” Question 28 was interpreted as forcing the Japanese-Americans and any first-generation Japanese to renounce their allegiance to the Emperor of Japan, thus raising the possibility that, after the war was over, they would be people without a country. The clip also talks about the Nisei who did volunteer for the US military, serving in the military while their parents and family were still locked up behind the barbed wire at the camps.

Clip 3

Apparently another movie clip.

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