"Enemies": World War II Alien Internment

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From dust jacket notes: "They were called aliens and enemies. But the World War II internees John Christgau writes about were in fact ordinary people victimized by the politics of a global war. The Alien Enemy Control Program in America was born with the United States's declaration of war on Japan, Germany, and Italy and lasted until 1948. In all, 31,275 "enemy aliens" were imprisoned in camps like the one described in this book - Fort Lincoln, just south of Bismarck, North Dakota. In animated and suspenseful prose, Christgau tells the stories of several individuals whose experiences are representative of those at Fort Lincoln. The subjects' lives before and after capture - presented in five case studies - tell of encroaching bitterness and sorrow. Christgau based his accounts on voluminous and previously untouched National Archives and FBI documents in addition to letters, diaries, and interviews with his subjects...."

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Christgau's work focuses on the Ene my Alien Internment Program, which operated from 1941 to 1946 and con fined more than 31,000 persons. Unlike previous studies of the shameful, forced relocation of Japanese-Ameri cans, Christgau's concentrates on indi vidual experiences in one internment camp, Fort Lincoln, North Dakota, as representative of the entire program. Using primary sources such as Nation al Archives documents, FBI reports, and oral-history interviews with former prisoners, the author, in very moving and human terms, recounts the stories of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. In a number of instances individual rights of German-Americans and Japanese-Americans were sacri ficed on only hearsay evidence. An ex cellent account, recommended for aca demic and large public libraries. Louis Vyhnanek, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
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