Japanese relocation, moral justification, consequences


The U.S. government's rationale for relocating people of Japanese ancestry during World War II is seldom explained. Most attention since President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the order permitting the relocation of individuals of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast to areas in the interior of the United States has naturally been placed on the plight of the people involved. Present popular historical perspective usually interprets this relocation as a constitutional violation worthy of redress from the United States government although historical evidence suggests that at the time the order was issued the action was considered a critical part of U.S. security. The United States government's motivation for such an action requires a closer investigation not to justify morally the relocation of individuals of Japanese ancestry, but to paint a more comprehensive historical picture that includes previously unconsidered evidence.