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Discuss the relocation of people based on race/ethnicity, comparing Japanese American internment camps and Indian Reservations.

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1. Discuss the relocation of people based on race/ethnicity, comparing Japanese American internment camps and Indian Reservations.

Indian Reservations have a longer history taking us back to the colonial days (1852) and are more in number (about 300 Indian reservations in the United States than the Japanese internment camps, http://tripatlas.com/Indian_reservation); whereas the Japanese American internment camps created by Precedent Franklin Roosevelt (1942) were 10 in number spread out throughout the United States in isolated and resolute areas. In fact, one Japanese American internment camp in Arizona was actually made one of the Indian reservations in the Arizona desert. Many Indian reservations, like the Laguna Indian reservation in New Mexico (see picture http://tripatlas.com/Indian_reservation) are in "the western United States, often in arid regions unsuitable for agriculture" (http://tripatlas.com/Indian_reservation).

The two events occurred in different times. For example, Japanese American internment camps were reported by ABC News:

"Feb. 19 marks the Day of Remembrance. That's the day in 1942 when President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 and put into motion the government's forced removal and imprisonment of more than 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry - 60 percent of whom were American citizens" (Mastropolo, 2008, http://a.abcnews.com/US/story?id=4310157&page=1).

In contrast, reservations began in 1851, to solve a conflict between the Indians and settlers, while others report that the reservations were a way to "civilize" the Indians so they could later assimilate into mainstream ...

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Discusses and provides additional information on the relocation of people based on race/ethnicity, comparing Japanese American internment camps and Indian Reservations. References provided.

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