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Includes personal accounts to describe the period in American history when Japanese Americans were detained in internment camps; also, discusses the issues and controversy surrounding the decision.
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Gr 7-10--Fremon details the detention and ultimate imprisonment of thousands of citizens during World War II just because they were of Japanese ancestry. Without regard to their civil rights, Japanese Americans were forced from their homes and businesses, fired from their jobs, and compelled to leave school. Drawing on the personal experiences of internees, this book provides an overview of the events of 1941 to 1946 and of the legal battles that ensued. Some of the source documents directly related to relocation are included, though Executive Order 9066, which allowed for the evacuation, is not. It is, however, discussed at length. The author portrays John L. DeWitt, head of the Western Defense Command, as the main villain while other accounts see him more as a pawn. Readers get a sense of the anger and humiliation that people felt when they were called non-aliens rather than citizens and forced to take a loyalty oath. There are extensive chapter notes but no picture credits for the occasional black-and-white photos.
Jo-Anne Weinberg, Greenburgh Public Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Enslow Publishers, 1996. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0894907670
Book Description Enslow Pub Inc, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0894907670