Inside America's Concentration Camps by James L. Dickerson
Two Centuries of Internment and Torture

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Exploring the history and tragedy of concentration camps that were built, staged, and filled with adults and children under the orders of the U.S. government, this vivid narrative brings the stories of victims and flaws of American government to life. Beginning in the 1830s with the imprisonment of Native Americans, this investigation details the camps that reappeared during World War II with the round-up of Japanese Americans, German Americans, Italian Americans, and Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, as well as more recently during the Bush administration with the construction of new concentration camps in Cuba. The moving personal experiences of those imprisoned in the camps, including accounts of how the U.S. government removed children of Japanese ancestry from orphanages only to replace them in camps, are revealed within this eye-opening history. Both heartbreaking and inspirational, this authoritative record of survival suggests a call to action for those who read it.

 

About James L. Dickerson

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James L. Dickerson is an investigative journalist and the author of Devil's Sanctuary, North to Canada, and Yellow Fever. He was a staff writer at the Clarion-Ledger/Jackson Daily News, the Commercial Appeal, the Delta Democrat-Times, the Greenwood Commonwealth, and the Tallahassee Democrat.
 
Published June 24, 2010 by Chicago Review Press. 333 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Doris Berg, whose law-abiding German-American father and American mother were interned, remembered that her mother-in-law told her, “Doris, if the government didn’t have anything on your folks they wouldn’t have taken them away.” Indeed, if one point becomes clear after reading this book, it’s th...

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Inside America’s Concentration Camps is a deeply troubling look at one of the darker sides of the country’s history.

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Part two comprises the bulk of the text, and concerns the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and to some extent the imprisonment of Italian and German Americans during this time.

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