Last Witnesses

Last Witnesses

Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A rich collection of personal histories from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds takes readers inside the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Sixty years after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and FDR's Executive Order 9066 making possible the incarceration of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese descent (two thirds of them American citizens) one question remains unresolved: "Could it happen again?" To the writers in this book--novelists, memoirists, poets, activists, scholars, students, professionals--the WWII internment of Japanese Americans in the detention camps of the west is an unfinished chapter of American history. Former internees and their children join with others in challenging readers to construct a better future by confronting the past. This is a fresh look at a compelling story, that continues to tarnish the American dream.

Book News
Harth (humanities and women's studies, Brandeis U.), who spent part of her childhood at a relocation center, introduces 17 accounts by other internees, their children, those of camp officials, and activists for redress of their experiences and the legacy of Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066. Includes photographs and a chronology of events, 1941-88. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Palgrave, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312221997
Branch Call Number: 940.5472 LAS
Characteristics: 303 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Harth, Erica


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