Democratizing the Enemy The Japanese American Internment

ISBN-10: 0691138230
ISBN-13: 9780691138237
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

During World War II some 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes and detained in concentration camps in several states. These Japanese Americans lost millions of dollars in property and were forced to live in so-called "assembly centers" surrounded by barbed wire fences and armed sentries. In this insightful and groundbreaking work, Brian Hayashi reevaluates the three-year ordeal of interred Japanese Americans. Using previously undiscovered documents, he examines the forces behind the U.S. government's decision to establish internment camps. His conclusion: the motives of government officials and top military brass likely transcended the standard explanations of racism, wartime hysteria, and leadership failure. Among the other surprising factors that played into the decision, Hayashi writes, were land development in the American West and plans for the American occupation of Japan. What was the long-term impact of America's actions? While many historians have explored that question, Hayashi takes a fresh look at how U.S. concentration camps affected not only their victims and American civil liberties, but also people living in locations as diverse as American Indian reservations and northeast Thailand.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Prologue: Beyond Civil Rights
Governors and Their Advisers, 1918-1942
The Governed: Japanese Americans and Politics, 1880-1942
Establishing the Structures of Internment, from Limited to Mass Internment, 1942-1943
The Liberal Democratic Way of Management, 1942-1943
""Why Awake a Sleeping Lion?"" Governance during the Quiet Period, 1943-1944

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