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Personal Justice Denied

Report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians

Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians
Foreword by Tetsuden Kashima

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  • Published: 1997
  • Subject Listing: Asian American Studies; History / Western History
  • Bibliographic information: 480 pp.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Published with: Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
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Personal Justice Denied tells the extraordinary story of the incarceration of mainland Japanese Americans and Alaskan Aleuts during World War II. Although this wartime episode is now almost universally recognized as a catastrophe, for decades various government officials and agencies defended their actions by asserting a military necessity.

The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment was established by act of Congress in 1980 to investigate the detention program. Over twenty days, it held hearings in cities across the country, particularly on the West Coast, with testimony from more than 750 witnesses: evacuees, former government officials, public figures, interested citizens, and historians and other professionals. It took steps to locate and to review the records of government action and to analyze contemporary writings and personal and historical accounts. The Commission's report is a masterful summary of events surrounding the wartime relocation and detention activities, and a strong indictment of the policies that led to them. The report and its recommendations were instrumental in effecting a presidential apology and monetary restitution to surviving Japanese Americans and members of the Aleut community.

"Personal Justice Denied is one of the seminal documents illuminating recent Asian American history. Its findings made possible the long-delayed monetary redress for the unjustified wartime incarceration of most mainland Japanese Americans in concentration camps."
-Roger Daniels, author of Asian America: Chinese and Japanese in the United States since 1850

"A document of profound historical significance, Personal Justice Denied is a testament to the fragility of democracy, but also to its strength when we the people resolve to right a great wrong."
-Gary Y. Okihiro, author of Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans and World War II

Contents
Prologue by the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund
Foreword
Introduction
Summary
PART ONE: NISEI AND ISSEI
Before Pearl Harbor
Executive order 9066
Exclusion and Evacuation
Economic Loss
Assembly Centers
Relocation Centers
Loyalty: Leave and Segregation
Ending the Exclusion
Protest and Disaffection
Military Service
Hawaii
Germans and German Americans
After Camp
Appendix: Latin Americans
PART TWO: THE ALEUTS
War and Evacuation in Alaska
Notes to Parts One and Two
PART THREE: RECOMMENDATIONS
PART FOUR: PAPERS FOR THE COMMISSION
Addendum to Personal Justice Denied
Index
Reviews