Describe the Document: Source: Ted Nakashima, “Concentration Camp: U.S. Style,” The New Republic, 1942. Unfortunately in this land of liberty, I was born of Japanese parents; born in Seattle of a mother and father who have been in this country since 1901. Fine parents, who brought up their children in the best American way of life.... Now that you can picture our thoroughly American background, let me describe our new home. The resettlement center is actually a penitentiary—armed guards in towers with spotlights and deadly tommy guns, fifteen feet of barbed wire fences, everyone confined to quarters at nine, lights out at ten o’clock. The guards are ordered to shoot anyone who approaches within twenty feet of the fences. No one is allowed to take the two-block-long hike to the latrines after nine, under any circumstances.... The food and sanitation problems are the worst. We have had absolutely no fresh meat, vegetables or butter since we came here. Mealtime queues extend for blocks; standing in a rainswept line, feet in the mud, waiting for the scant portions of canned wieners and boiled potatoes, hash for breakfast or canned wieners and beans for dinner.... Can this be the same America we left a few weeks ago?
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ogorwyne 2 years ago
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This document is about the condition and the treatment that the Japanese were subjected to in the concentration camps following the war US had with Japan.

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The summary here is that the writer is speaking on the way that they were treated in a supposed land of liberty and the free.

From his tone, we can see that he is appalled given that he was born in the same United States. He described the treatment that the people were made to go through as very bad.

From his tone I think he is trying to show the irony in the fact that the US could call itself the home of liberty and still treat people this way.

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