Encyclopedia of Japanese American internment

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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Non-Fiction 940.53 ENC
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This book addresses the forced removal and confinement of Japanese Americans during World War II_a topic significant to all Americans, regardless of race or color.

The internment of Japanese Americans was a violation of the Constitution and its guarantee of equal protection under the law_yet it was authorized by a presidential order, given substance by an act of Congress, and affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Japanese internment is a topic that we as Americans cannot afford to forget or be ignorant of. This work spotlights an important subject that is often only described in a cursory fashion in general textbooks. It provides a comprehensive, accessible treatment of the events of Japanese American internment that includes topical, event, and biographical entries; a chronology and comprehensive bibliography; and primary documents that help bring the event to life for readers and promote inquiry and critical thinking.

Provides comprehensive, authoritative, concise, and clearly written information about the internment of Japanese Americans in a single volume Combines first-hand accounts by participants in this tragic and historic experience with detailed descriptions of assembly centers, concentration camps, and military and Justice Department internment camps to enable readers to imagine what being interned was like Describes historic events; examines the legal, political, and social ramifications; supplies biographies of key individuals; and discusses the significance of Japanese internment in Asian American history Serves as an effective introduction to the subject of Japanese American internment for high school and undergraduate students as well as general readers
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This volume covers one of the most notorious chapters in American history: the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans, many of them for close to four years, as sanctioned by the U.S. government. Known by euphemisms like citizen isolation camps or assembly centers, the last of the camps did not close until six months after the end of WWII. The volume begins with an in-depth introduction of more than 20 pages, followed by a list of references (there is a longer bibliography at the end of the volume). A detailed 15-page chronology helps set up the main entries, which make up the bulk of the volume. The alphabetically arranged entries focus on important figures, laws, and organizations related to the mass internment. For example, the entry Japanese American Citizens League explains how this national organization controversially encouraged its fellow Japanese Americans to go along with internment as a show of loyalty and good citizenship. Users are likely to come across little-known facts as well. The entry Japanese Latin Americans tells the story of how 3,000 Japanese, Germans, and Italians were forcibly removed from various Latin American countries and brought to U.S. internment camps.A section detailing specific camp locations follows the entries. The volume concludes with 15 primary resources, including the text of the presidential order mandating the internments. Even the text of signs titled Instructions to All Persons of Japanese Ancestry is included, telling citizens what they can and cannot bring with them to the camps (no personal items). Many of the primary sources here are personal letters to and from internees.In sum, this is an excellent, handy reference source on one of the less heroic but still vitally important aspects of American history. Recommended for all types of libraries.--Tosko, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Encyclopedias.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans -- Encyclopedias.
Japanese Americans -- Biography -- Encyclopedias.
Publisher Santa Barbara, California :2013
Contributors Okihiro, Gary Y., 1945- editor.
Language English
Description xlvii, 342 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780313399152 (hardback : alk. paper)
0313399158 (hardback : alk. paper)
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