Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II
By Martin W. Sandler; Bloomsbury, 2013
FROM FRONT JACKET FLAP:
"When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, suddenly Japanese Americans found themselves suspected of spying for the enemy. Without any just cause, 120,000 people on the West Coast of the United States were rounded up and forced to live in hastily constructed relocation camps. People were given mere weeks to dispose of their beloved pets, businesses, homes, and possessions before being sent to live behind barbed-wire fences under primitive and crowded conditions.
Determined to hold on to their dignity -- and their love for America -- Japanese Americans built a remarkable society in these camps. Martin W. Sandler reveals newly uncovered interviews, photographs, and art created by the internees themselves to tell the story of this terrible injustice that occurred, shamefully, while America was fighting for freedom abroad. Thousands of internees even volunteered to enlist and distinguished themselves with remarkable courage on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific.
After the war was won, sanity returned and the camps were closed. But it was a decades-long journey to healing, which ultimately led to a fight for an apology and recognition that such indignities must never be visited upon any other groups in America -- a lesson that has a resounding impact in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the rush to judgment of the American Muslim community. This is a chapter of American history that we must never forget -- and never repeat."
Ages 10+; HC $22.99
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