A day learning about the amache camp- A fasinating history

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It was 1942, a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. There was a large chunk of Japanese-Americans living in California. 2/3 of their population was Americans the rest where aliens.

It was 1942, a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. There was a large chunk of Japanese-Americans living in California. 2/3 of their population was Americans the rest where aliens. After the attack on Pearl Harbor the U.S felt that the Japanese living in California where now enemies and spies. They had nowhere to put the Japanese- they  wouldn’t send them back to Japan because it was far wouldn’t take them back it was too dangerous with the war still raging on. Besides even if it was safe the Japanese didn’t want them back. So the solution was camps.

The government sent them to the various camps around the western side of America. The idea was to find the most remote places possible around the western part of the U.S. Colorado stood out as an ideal location for a camp, for that it was in the heart of Central America so there would be no access to the outside world which would allow supposed “leaking” to the Japanese government. “So here we have a story people tried to recreate their lives while living in tiny bunks and barracks” – said B. Erin Cole. As B. said live there wasn’t the same as is used to be.

The Japanese were abruptly moved to the camps, not even been told where they were going or why. They were told five days in advance and were only allowed 2 suitcases per person. ‘Imagine trying to fit your whole life in two suitcases” – said Jill Armstrong. In the Colorado camp “Amache”, life was tough. With no access to the outside world and living in Military style barracks life wasn’t exactly a dream for them.