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Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress available in Hardcover
This book analyzes how the politics of memory and history affected representations of the World War II internment of Japanese Americans during the last six decades. It compares attempts by government officials, internees, academics, and activists to control interpretations of internment causes and consequences in congressional hearings, court proceedings, scholarship, popular literature, ethnic community events, monuments, museums, films, and Web sites. Initial accounts celebrated internee loyalty, military patriotism, postwar assimilation, and "model minority" success. Later histories emphasized racist "concentration camps," protests inside the camps, and continued suffering within the community.
Table of ContentsList of Figures xi
Introduction: Historians, Objectivity, and the Politics of Knowledge Production 1
The History of "Military Necessity" and the Justification for Internment 15
Dillon S. Myer and the WRA's History of "Relocation, Reintegration, and Rehabilitation" 52
"We Pledge Our Fullest Cooperation": A History of Loyalty and Patriotism in the Japanese American Citizens League 103
The History of "Helpful" Administrative Advisers and "Objective" Researchers Within the Camps 140
The Resurrection of the History of Internment in the 1960s and 1970s 185
America's "Concentration Camps": Revisionist Histories and Activism in the 1960s and 1970s 232
"Three Strands Woven into a Single Fabric": Japanese American History and the Struggle to Obtain Redress 287
Multiple Histories of Internment and the Passage of Redress Legislation 333
Representations of Internment in Art and Media, and the Lessons of History 382
Epilogue: The Legacy of Japanese American Internment and Redress 435