Freedom Taken Away

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Denver is a place where there are different opportunities to learn about culture and history.

Denver is a place where there are different opportunities to learn about culture and history. The History Colorado Center in downtown Denver gives you an opportunity to learn about the Granada-Amache relocation center. This exhibit is a part of the Colorado stories. The exhibit is currently semi-permanent.  B. Erin Cole is the assistant State Historian at the History Colorado Center who gives tours of this new exhibit. When going on this tour the history of Amache comes alive in your mind.

A long lived tradition of hostility between Americans and Japanese is what made the government do what they did. Japanese were classified as, “enemy aliens”. The true meaning of the Granada-Amache is when all Japanese were forced out of their homes and taken away. They did not know where they were going all they knew was that they could only bring two suitcases. After being loaded onto the buses they were taken to the Internment Camps. There were ten different camps all over that the government sent Japanese to during World War II. Some camps were here in Colorado and other spread all over the West. The locations were chosen carefully to insure that they were built in remote, abandoned areas.

These camps were set up like a military base. Long buildings were everywhere. The Japanese were fenced in like wild animals. The elevation where the camp was built was 3,600 feet. The camp was almost like a little village, but not a pleasant one. When the camps first started running the security was very strict. As time went on though, it was less strict and unperturbed. If the Japanese got a job close by they were able to leave the camp and go to work.  However, they were never allowed to go back to their homes.

In the government’s eyes the Japanese were a danger to Americans, even though two thirds of the Japanese were citizens of America. At that point the government didn’t care about anything besides their race. After Pearl Harbor happened the government was basically just in attack mode. The Granada- Amache was from 1942 through 1945. Several years’ later official government reparation was put into place, but most people who were in the camps refused to take it.

There is an abundant amount of evidence as to where this information comes from. There are online archives, oral documents, and government archives. At the History Colorado Center B. Erin Cole said, “We have recreated the Amache barracks in our museum, today."

 

 

 

 

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