Prisoners Without Trial Japanese Americans in World War II

Hill and Wang Critical Issues

Roger Daniels

Hill and Wang

0809078961

9780809078967

Trade Paperback

176 Pages

$13.00

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Well established on college reading lists, Prisoners Without Trial presents a concise introduction to a shameful chapter in American history: the incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. With a new preface, a new epilogue, and expanded recommended readings, Roger Daniels's updated edition examines a tragic event in our nation's past and fully explores whether it could happen again.

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Praise for Prisoners Without Trial

"An outstanding resource that provides a clear and concise history of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II."—Alice Yang Murray, University of California, Santa Cruz

"In the epilogue to the first edition of Prisoners Without Trial, Roger Daniels thoughtfully asked, 'Could it happen again?' Today, in post-9/11 America, that question has an answer: It can and it has. Daniels addresses these issues in a revised edition of this classic, and he finds the U.S. government perilously close to repeating with the Arab American population mistakes it made with the Japanese Americans."—Johanna Miller Lewis, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

"This is a succinct synthesis of the latest scholarship on Japanese American relocation during the Second World War, interpreted by the leading historian of the subject. Daniels's account is broadly conceived yet briefly executed. It is exciting to read, and shocking."—Robert Allen Skotheim, former president of the Huntington Institution

"Daniels has done us a great favor. In a slender book, he tells, with the assurance of a master narrator, an immense story we—all of us—ignore at the peril of our freedoms."—Gary Y. Okihiro, Cornell University

"Distilled from three decades of meticulous research and nuanced reflection by the foremost expert in Japanese American history. This is the most succinct and masterful synthesis available of the ordeal Japanese Americans suffered during World War II."—Sucheng Chan, University of California at Santa Barbara

"The arbitrary internment of Japanese Americans was one of the most shameful episodes of our history. And nobody knows the subject better than Roger Daniels. He writes with authority and clarity. His book should be read by everyone concerned with our civil liberties."—Stanley Karnow

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Roger Daniels, the author of Guarding the Golden Door, is a renowned expert on Asian American and immigration history, was a consultant to the commission that recommended redress, and has served on the History Advisory Board for the Ellis Island Immigration Museum since its inception.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Roger Daniels

  • Roger Daniels, the author of Guarding the Golden Door, is a renowned expert on Asian American and immigration history, was a consultant to the commission that recommended redress, and has served on the History Advisory Board for the Ellis Island Immigration Museum since its inception.
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