Inside America's Concentration Camps: Two Centuries of Internment and Torture

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Xenophobia, paranoia, and racism have long challenged democracy, a battle played out dramatically in the concentration camps that were built, staffed, and filled with adults and children under the orders of the U.S. government. Beginning in the nineteenth century with the imprisonment of Native Americans, camps reappeared during World War II with the roundup of Japanese Americans, German Americans, Italian Americans, and Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. They resurfaced recently when Homeland Security awarded a major ...

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Overview

Xenophobia, paranoia, and racism have long challenged democracy, a battle played out dramatically in the concentration camps that were built, staffed, and filled with adults and children under the orders of the U.S. government. Beginning in the nineteenth century with the imprisonment of Native Americans, camps reappeared during World War II with the roundup of Japanese Americans, German Americans, Italian Americans, and Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. They resurfaced recently when Homeland Security awarded a major contract to a subsidiary of Halliburton for the construction of new camps.

            In Inside America's Concentration Camps, author James L. Dickerson explores the history and the tragedy of the camps in a vivid narrative that brings the stories of the victims and the flaws of our government to life. Rebecca Neugin, Eleanor Berg, Roy Abbey, Marino Sichi, Louise Ogawa—these are some of the children and adults whose stories are found here, along with accounts of the U.S. government yanking children out of orphanages to imprison them in the camps.

            To fight the erosion of democracy, Americans must remain aware of threats to our democratic ideals and understand where we have been. Inside America's Concentration Camps is an authoritative history, a heartbreaking and inspirational story of survival, and a call to action. 

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While most Americans are familiar with the history of Japanese internment camps during WWII, few know the extent of America's racially-motivated internment. Dickerson seeks to offer readers a comprehensive history of American concentration camps and internment facilities but, while the book purports to cover two centuries of internment and abuse, it really only investigates WWII and the Trail of Tears. Dickerson highlights American abuse against native populations, and touches upon wartime internment not just of Japanese, but also of Jews, Italians, and Germans. His research includes a great number of heartbreaking stories; from Jewish immigrants who escaped the Nazis only to end up in American camps thanks to the low wartime immigration quotas, to Japanese orphans living on subsistence rations, these personal tales throw a vague chapter of the historical record into sharp relief. With economy and insight, Dickerson presents yesterday as a lesson for today and takes a close look at Guantanamo Bay and modern race relations between America and the Arab world. Readers unfamiliar with this history will likely be moved. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556528064
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 718,110
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Dickerson is an investigative journalist and the author of Devil’s Sanctuary, North to Canada, and Yellow Fever. He was a staff writer at the Clarion-Ledger/Jackson Daily News, the Commercial Appeal, the Delta Democrat-Times, the Greenwood Commonwealth, and the Tallahassee Democrat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    I am a high school sophomore and I choose to read this book for

    I am a high school sophomore and I choose to read this book for my research project about Japanese Internment Camps. 
    I think this book had a little too much information as far as background information. Unlike other memorials that go straight into the topic
    , this memorial describes more then just Japanese Internment Camps. Since the book is divided into three sections in which only one
     section talks about Japanese Internment American camps, it made reading for me a waste of time. But when the author did describe the
     conditions of Japanese Americans in internment camps, I was shock to find out how much agony these innocent people were going
    through. The author uses a German family as his way to describe what struggles internees went through in their barracks and in the
     camp. Then the last section was about the aftermath of the result of internment camps during World War one in America, such as the
     fact that years after the internment camps, the president at the time tries to apologize By sending a letter and giving money to the people
     who lost their businesses and farms . But overall the author did a good job as to getting his point across about the struggles of being in 
     an internment camps. So I would recommend this book for other people who want to learn about the background history of internment
    camps, Japanese Internment Camps, and its aftermath.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Is this a good book????

    I searched japanese torture and this was the only book that popped on so i was wondering if this was a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

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