Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert MarrinOn the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor comes a harrowing and enlightening look at the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II— from National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin
Just seventy-five years ago, the American government did something that most would consider unthinkable today: it rounded up over 100,000 of its own citizens based on nothing more than their ancestry and, suspicious of their loyalty, kept them in concentration camps for the better part of four years.
How could this have happened? Uprooted takes a close look at the history of racism in America and carefully follows the treacherous path that led one of our nation’s most beloved presidents to make this decision. Meanwhile, it also illuminates the history of Japan and its own struggles with racism and xenophobia, which led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ultimately tying the two countries together.
Today, America is still filled with racial tension, and personal liberty in wartime is as relevant a topic as ever. Moving and impactful, National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin’s sobering exploration of this monumental injustice shines as bright a light on current events as it does on the past.
Japanese Internment Camps
The U. Starting December 7, , when Pearl Harbor was attacked, the U. Army placed the entire governance of Hawaii—including operation of the courts—under martial law. Many elements of that regime continued until just before the war ended in All Hawaii residents were subject to close military oversight after Pearl Harbor was attacked. Of that group, almost all were removed to camps on the mainland.
The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced .. Thus, while it might cause injustice to a few to treat them all as potential enemies, I cannot escape the conclusion that such treatment should be.
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From to , it was the policy of the U. - President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared that the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, , would live in infamy.
The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced relocation and incarceration in concentration camps in the western interior of the country of between , and ,  people of Japanese ancestry , most of whom lived on the Pacific Coast. Sixty-two percent of the internees were United States citizens. Roosevelt shortly after Imperial Japan 's attack on Pearl Harbor. The rest were Issei "first generation" immigrants born in Japan who were ineligible for U. Japanese Americans were incarcerated based on local population concentrations and regional politics. More than , Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were forced into interior camps.