School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7 Up-This compilation of documents begins with a detailed introduction to the topic, explaining what the assembly and relocation centers were, the differing statuses of Japanese Americans living in the U.S., the locations of the internment camps, and a summary of related legislation. The book is then divided into three chapters: "The Decision to Relocate West Coast Japanese Americans," "Constitutional Questions Raised-," and "Legacies and Lingering Disputes Concerning-." Each chapter has from four to six documents stating differing opinions about the internment during World War II. Each document begins with a statement telling about the author and his role in this part of U.S. history. Although the last chapter has essays from the 1990s looking back at the war, most of the other documents are from the 1940s, showing thoughts of the time period, not later interpretations. An annotated table of contents, a detailed index, and a lengthy list of further readings are included. Unlike the few other available books on the topic, this one does not contain any personal narratives or human perspectives from Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in the camps. This will be welcomed by teachers following the DBQ (document-based questioning) method of teaching history.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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