On December 7th, 1941, the nation of Japan launched a devastating surprise attack on America’s Pacific Fleet. Over 3,500 Americans were either killed or wounded on that “day of infamy.” The U.S. subsequently entered the war and helped defeat the totalitarian regimes of both Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. During the course of the war the American government would forcibly inter over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry.
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Write a plausible response to the telegram. Imagine how President Roosevelt may have responded to this declaration. Would he have felt guilt sending the Japanese Americans to camps? Why would he have decided to send them even if he felt it was wrong?