Concentration Camp USA: Japanese Americans & WWII



by Roger Daniels

Published 1972

My World War II reading is continuing.  My husband makes fun of me sometimes, asking me when he gets home what “FDR has been up to today.”  (I’m not a fan of that ill-fated president, to say the least.)

This book was an eye-opener.  I do not ever recall, throughout my school (including college) years, ever being told that virtually all Japanese Americans were interned in the United States following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  This book is the story of a tragedy, a huge blemish on our country’s record of working for justice and equality.  That thousands of people were uprooted from their homes and forced into camps, losing their liberty, livelihoods, homes, and possessions in the process (and only a pittance would be restored to them after the war) for no reason other than that they happened to have been born in Japan, or to Japanese parents, is incredible.  No surprise that our government-run schools don’t particularly wish this piece of history to be discussed at length.

Between this book and Grapes of Wrathas an aside, I’ve decided that there is simply nothing good to say about Californians!  (I do hope that they will prove to be kinder and more accepting people as I progress throughout the rest of the twentieth century!)

I would definitely recommend this read, for those who are seeking something a bit deeper than the usual carefully-edited-to-make-us-look-like-the-objective-good-guys account of World War II.