American inquisition the hunt for Japanese American disloyalty in World War II /

When the U.S. government forced 70,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry into internment camps in 1942, it created administrative tribunals to pass judgment on who was loyal and who was disloyal. Muller relates the untold story of exactly how military and civilian bureaucrats judged these tens...

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Main Author: Muller, Eric L.
Format: Book Electronic
Published:Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2007.
Series:H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman series.
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Law professor Muller (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) provides a narrative account of the 1942 Japanese internment and how a government agency worked with the military and the intelligence communities to determine who was loyal to the US. Prior to the outbreak of WW II, many second- and third-generation Japanese were busy adapting to American culture, attending American schools, and generally embracing many of the unparalleled freedoms and opportunities the US provided. However, after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered all foreign-born Japanese and Japanese Americans residing in California, Oregon, and Washington relocated to hastily constructed internment camps. Muller focuses primarily on the bureaucracy and how four agencies tried to craft a workable, consistent policy for identifying the internees who posed a clear threat to national security. Also discussed are the tensions that existed within the camps, the legal challenges to internment, and the army's efforts to recruit internees for military service. In the end, the author places this work within the broader context of history and ties into the development of subsequent loyalty programs to ferret out communists during the Cold War. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. B. Cook North Greenville University

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