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Not White Enough: The Long, Shameful Road to Japanese American Internment

Not White Enough: The Long, Shameful Road to Japanese American Internment

by Lawrence Goldstone
Not White Enough: The Long, Shameful Road to Japanese American Internment

Not White Enough: The Long, Shameful Road to Japanese American Internment

by Lawrence Goldstone

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Overview

Lawrence Goldstone’s Not White Enough is a comprehensive examination of a century of bigotry against Chinese and Japanese Americans that culminated in the infamous Supreme Court decision Korematsu v. United States: the landmark ruling that upheld the illegal imprisonment of more than 100,000 innocent men, women, and children who were falsely accused of endangering national security during World War II. This book is the first to trace the full arc of prejudice against Asian Americans that made internment inevitable and serves as a legal and political history of anti-Asian racism, beginning with the California gold rush and ending with the infamous Korematsu decision.

Not White Enough demonstrates how the lines between law and politics blurred for decades to enable a two-tiered system of justice where constitutional guarantees of equality under law were no longer upheld for all people. Goldstone examines each of the key Supreme Court decisions—including Wong Kim Ark, Ozawa, and Thind—as not simply jurisprudence but as expressions of political will. He chronicles the political history of racism that made Japanese internment almost inevitable, highlighting the key roles San Francisco mayors James D. Phelan and Eugene Schmitz, political boss Abe Ruef, California attorney general Ulysses Webb, and future Chief Justice Earl Warren played in instigating some of the most egregious anti-Asian legislation, all for political convenience and gain. Goldstone also illustrates Chinese and Japanese immigrants’ courage and determination to carve out a place for themselves in a country that did everything it could to reject them.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780700634255
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 06/01/2023
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Goldstone is the author of Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits, and the Struggle for the Constitution; The Activist: John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, and the Myth of Judicial Review; Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903 and On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Bigotry Triumphant

1. Free and White

2. White, Black . . . and Gold

3. Enter the Japanese

4. Birthright

5. Yellow Peril

6. Workers of the West Unite

7. Tremors

8. Gentlemen . . . and Ladies

9. This Land Is (Not) Your Land

10. A Home One’s Own (Children)

11. The Golden West

12. The Heart of an American

13. What Meets the Eye

14. Turning the Soil

15. Slamming the Door

16. Banzai and Baseball

17 Loyalty

18. Fear and Fiction

19. An Illusion of Disloyalty

20. No Island Paradise

21. Infamy

22. Four Who Refused

23. A Caricature of Justice

24. The Courage to Do What’s Right

25. Shame

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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