Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment

Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment

by Brian Masaru Hayashi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691138230

ISBN-13: 9780691138237

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

During World War II some 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes and detained in concentration camps in several states. These Japanese Americans lost millions of dollars in property and were forced to live in so-called "assembly centers" surrounded by barbed wire fences and armed sentries.

In this insightful and groundbreaking work,

Overview

During World War II some 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes and detained in concentration camps in several states. These Japanese Americans lost millions of dollars in property and were forced to live in so-called "assembly centers" surrounded by barbed wire fences and armed sentries.

In this insightful and groundbreaking work, Brian Hayashi reevaluates the three-year ordeal of interred Japanese Americans. Using previously undiscovered documents, he examines the forces behind the U.S. government's decision to establish internment camps. His conclusion: the motives of government officials and top military brass likely transcended the standard explanations of racism, wartime hysteria, and leadership failure. Among the other surprising factors that played into the decision, Hayashi writes, were land development in the American West and plans for the American occupation of Japan.

What was the long-term impact of America's actions? While many historians have explored that question, Hayashi takes a fresh look at how U.S. concentration camps affected not only their victims and American civil liberties, but also people living in locations as diverse as American Indian reservations and northeast Thailand.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691138237
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF FIGURES ix
LIST OF TABLES xi
PREFACE xiii
ABBREVIATIONS xvii
Introduction 1
PROLOGUE: Beyond Civil Rights 13
CHAPTER ONE: Governors and Their Advisers, 1918-1942 16
CHAPTER TWO: The Governed: Japanese Americans and Politics, 1880-1942 40
CHAPTER THREE: Establishing the Structures of Internment, from Limited to Mass Internment, 1942-1943 76
CHAPTER FOUR: The Liberal Democratic Way of Management, 1942-1943 107
CHAPTER FIVE: "Why Awake a Sleeping Lion?" Governance during the Quiet Period, 1943-1944 148
CHAPTER SIX: "Taking Away the Candy": Relocation, the Twilight of the Japanese Empire, and Japanese American Politics, 1944-1945 180
CHAPTER SEVEN: The Long Shadow of Internment 207
EPILOGUE: Toward Human Rights 219
NOTES 223
A NOTE ON SOURCES 295
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 305
INDEX 309

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