Historical memories of the Japanese American internment and the struggle for redress

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Stanford University Press, 2008 - History - 590 pages
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This book analyzes how the politics of memory and history affected representations of the World War II internment of Japanese Americans during the last six decades. It compares attempts by government officials, internees, academics, and activists to control interpretations of internment causes and consequences in congressional hearings, court proceedings, scholarship, popular literature, ethnic community events, monuments, museums, films, and Web sites. Initial accounts celebrated internee loyalty, military patriotism, postwar assimilation, and "model minority" success. Later histories emphasized racist "concentration camps," protests inside the camps, and continued suffering within the community.

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Contents

Historians Objectivity and
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The History of Military Necessity and
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Dillon S Myer and the WRAs History
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Copyright

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Alice Yang Murray is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her publications include Major Problems in Asian American History (2003), and What Did the Internment of Japanese Americans Mean? (2000).

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