Japanese American Internment During World War Ii

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The internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II is one of the most shameful episodes in American history. This history and reference guide will help students and other interested readers to understand the history of this action and its reinterpretation in recent years, but it will also help readers to understand the Japanese American wartime experience through the words of those who were interned. Why did the U.S. government take this extraordinary action? How was the evacuation and ...

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Overview

The internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II is one of the most shameful episodes in American history. This history and reference guide will help students and other interested readers to understand the history of this action and its reinterpretation in recent years, but it will also help readers to understand the Japanese American wartime experience through the words of those who were interned. Why did the U.S. government take this extraordinary action? How was the evacuation and resettlement handled? How did Japanese Americans feel on being asked to leave their homes and live in what amounted to concentration camps? How did they respond, and did they resist? What developments have taken place in the last twenty years that have reevaluated this wartime action?

A variety of materials is provided to assist readers in understanding the internment experience. Six interpretive essays examine key aspects of the event and provide new interpretations based on the most recent scholarship. Essays include:

- A short narrative history of the Japanese in America before World War II

- The evacuation

- Life within barbed wire-the assembly and relocation centers

- The question of loyalty-Japanese Americans in the military and draft resisters

- Legal challenges to the evacuation and internment

- After the war-resettlement and redress

A chronology of events, 26 biographical profiles of important figures, the text of 10 key primary documents—from Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment camps, to first-person accounts of the internment experience—a glossary of terms, and an annotative bibliography of recommended print sources and web sites provide ready reference value. Every library should update its resources on World War II with this history and reference guide.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
This book has obviously been well researched and documented, but it is also interesting enough to be readable. The visuals accompanying the information help greatly with the interpretation of the words. Because the author is the daughter of a former Japanese American internee, I was expecting some bias toward the internees, but the book is an impartial depiction of the facts surrounding the evacuation and internment of the Japanese American people. Glossary. Index. Photos. Maps. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Greenwood, 232p. PLB
— Alison Daniels, Teen Reviewer
Library Journal
Among the several books about the Japanese American internment published in the past year (e.g., Last Witnesses, By Order of the President), this book is the most general. Ng (sociology, San Jose State Univ.), herself a Japanese American, has written six thematic essays: "The Japanese in America Before World War II," "Evacuation," "Life Within Barbed Wire," "The Question of Loyalty: Japanese Americans in the Military and Draft Resisters," "Legal Challenges to the Evacuation and Internment," and "After the War: Resettlement and Redress." She also offers a brief photographic essay, short biographies of major personalities in the internment, and a selection of primary documents. Using first-person accounts and government reports, Ng presents a concise overview of events relating to Japanese Americans from the late 19th century through 2000. While the coverage in so few pages cannot be very in depth, the book does give the reader a good sense of the effects of the racial discrimination, incarceration, and shame so many Japanese Americans have experienced. Ng's approachable writing style makes this book accessible to all readers and would be valuable in high school, public, and academic libraries. Katharine L. Kan, Allen Cty. P.L., Fort Wayne, IN Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313313752
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

WENDY NG is Associate Professor of Sociology at San Jose State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Note on Terminology
Abbreviations
Chronology of Events in Japanese American History
1 The Japanese in America before World War II 1
2 Evacuation 13
3 Life within Barbed Wire 31
4 The Question of Loyalty: Japanese Americans in the Military and Draft Resisters 55
5 Legal Challenges to the Evacuation and Internment 77
6 After the War: Resettlement and Redress 95
Photographic Essay 115
Biographies: The Personalities behind the Japanese American Internment Program 127
Primary Documents 155
Glossary of Selected Terms 183
Selected Annotated Bibliography 187
Index 197
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