Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America's Concentration Camps

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University of Washington Press, 1996 - 351 pages
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Working with primary documents she uncovered at the National Archives, the Franklin Roosevelt Library, and the New York City Library, Weglyn pieced together the dramatic story of how the incarceration came to be--not as the result of "military necessity," as claimed by the Roosevelt Administration, but because of racial prejudice and governmental blunder. She recounts in detail the findings of the Munson Report, which found that Japanese Americans living in the U.S. presented little security risk in the event of war with Japan. Commissioned by Roosevelt himself, it was compiled by a White House special investigator Curtis B. Munson, but largely ignored in the days leading up to Executive Order 9066. Years of Infamy also details little known facts about the incarceration, including the U.S. government's plan to use Japanese Latin Americans in a prisoner barter exchange with Japan. Weglyn also discusses the protest movements within various camps, and adds photos and files from attorney Wayne M. Collins, who represented Japanese Americans who had been sent to the Tule Lake camp after being forced to fill out a loyalty questionnaire. Years of Infamy was hailed by Japanese American activists, most notably Edison Uno, as providing the necessary evidence for the subsequent decades-long battle for redress and reparations, and was coined the "Bible of the Redress Movement."

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William L. Lang is professor of history at Portland State University; he is the author of a number of books including A Confederacy of Ambition: William Winlock Miller and the Making of Washington Territory. Carl Abbott is professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University and author of several books, among them The Metropolitan Frontier: Cities in the Modern American West.

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