Uprooted

Uprooted

The Japanese American Experience During World War II

Book - 2016
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A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editor's Choice

On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor comes a harrowing and enlightening look at the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II-- from National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin

Just seventy-five years ago, the American government did something that most would consider unthinkable today: it rounded up over 100,000 of its own citizens based on nothing more than their ancestry and, suspicious of their loyalty, kept them in concentration camps for the better part of four years.

How could this have happened? Uprooted takes a close look at the history of racism in America and carefully follows the treacherous path that led one of our nation's most beloved presidents to make this decision. Meanwhile, it also illuminates the history of Japan and its own struggles with racism and xenophobia, which led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ultimately tying the two countries together.

Today, America is still filled with racial tension, and personal liberty in wartime is as relevant a topic as ever. Moving and impactful, National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin's sobering exploration of this monumental injustice shines as bright a light on current events as it does on the past.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780553509366
0553509365
Characteristics: 246 pages : illustrations, maps

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AL_KELSEY Feb 14, 2017

This book could not have been done better. Not only is there history of Japan and their war history, but there is also the history of Japanese immigrants to the United States. Then, the bulk of this story delves into the truth behind Japanese Internment camps, and the fear our government felt, especially our president, and how that fear turns into hate and that hate breeds laws that destroy a particular people based on nothing. This book is so incredibly prevalent for our country right now, because our government already fears certain groups, and if we aren't careful, we may end up in that same situation. When we will finally learn from our past?

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