Life in the Japanese Internment was not pleasant at all. The camps were fenced. In each fenced camp there were block arrangements. Each block contained 14 barracks, 1 mess hall, and 1 recreational hall on the outside. On the inside there was the ironing, laundry, and men and woman's lavatories. Other places in the camp included; dry and cold warehouses, a car and equipment repair and storage, an administration, schools, canteens, a library, religious services, hospitals, and a post office.

Many of the camps were located in the desert, and faced unbearable temperatures. The average summer temperatures were over 100 degrees and the average winter temperature was no better. With winter temperatures falling to minus 30 degrees in one of the camps.

Meals in the camps, contained very little portions. Fruit and vegetables were cultivated on the land. They used these to feed the people in the camp. They also used this for commercial consumption. They had livestock that was bred and raised on the land. This was also used for food.


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Japanese Internment Camp Barracks.

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Japanese American kids at school in an internment camp. Every single day they started school with the pledge of alliegence.


My Mom, Pop, and Me:My mom, pop, and meUs living threeDreaded the dayWhen we rode away,Away to the landWith lots of sandMy mom, pop, & me.The day of the evacuation,We left our little stationLeaving our friendsAnd my tree that bendsAway to the landWith lots of sandMy mom, pop, & me.-Itsuko Taniguchi

Sue Tokushige was a 20 year old mother. She had a ten-day old baby when she was sent to a camp in Arizona with her husband. She said the government did not supply milk for her baby. She was not able to breast feed so, she fed her daughter only water for 10 days. She recalls with glassy eyes how a doctor told her for a person who seemed so well educated, she did not take good care of her baby. "My daughter still pays for it today, health-wise, for the way our government treated us."

Some Japanese Americans died in the camps. They died due to inadequate medical care and the emotional stress they encountered. Several of them were killed by military guards posted for allegedly resisting orders.

Life did go on in the camps. children still had to be educate, they still played sports such as baseball and basketball, they had dances, and more.

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Armed Military Gaurds watching the Japanese Internment Camps