Tule Lake Revisited

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9780971167605: Tule Lake Revisited

One of the most shameful chapters of American history occurred in 1942 when President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 and ordered the detention of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Most were American citizens, yet the U.S. government denied their constitutional rights, ordering them to leave their homes in Washington, Oregon and California to spend the wartime years in ten internment camps. Tule Lake was unique among these camps, the only one to become a high security segregation center.

Tule Lake Revisited (T&T Press, September 2001, $14.95) is a guide to the remains of this internment camp/segregation center located in Northern California, 35-miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon. As the high security segregation center where those Japanese Americans who gave the wrong answers to a poorly-worded loyalty questionnaire were sent, Tule Lake had an internee population over 18,000 inmates, and was the largest and most turbulent of the camps.

In addition to providing a tour of the remains of the site, the guide explores the forces that resulted in the mass evacuation and incarceration. The 50-page spiral bound book includes a 12" x 16" map of the internment center. Historic and recent photographs enhance the text, and detailed maps direct visitors to the site and the local area.

The first section offers the reader a concise history of Japanese Americans, beginning with immigration and ending with redress, with emphasis on the unique story of Tule Lake. The second half of Tule Lake Revisited leads visitors around the remains of the center including the jail, which was described by the National Park Service as "one of the most conspicuous symbols of the internment still remaining." Constructed of steel-reinforced concrete walls, the jail has six cells, each with metal bunks, a toilet and wash basin. Several of the cell walls have prisoners penciled writings on them, both in English and Japanese. Designed for 20 inmates, the jail sometimes held 100 men.

Although the guard towers and the one-thousand tar-paper barracks that housed the inmates have been carted away or destroyed, this guide will enable readers or visitors to the site to appreciate the history and memory of Tule Lake. Tule Lake Revisited was made possible with the support of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, and was written by the daughters of two women imprisoned at Tule Lake.

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Tule Lake Revisited is a brief history and self-guided tour of the Japanese American internment camp located in northern California. Tule Lake was the largest of the ten W.R.A. camps and the last to close. Historic and recent photographs enhance the text, and detailed maps direct visitors to the site and the local area. The 50-page spiral-bound book includes a 12" x 16" map of the center.

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