‘Lawyers and Loyalty,’ Essay Review of Peter Irons, Justice at War: The Story of the Japanese American Internment Cases
Reviews in American History, Vol. 12, p. 575, 1984
14 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2010
Date Written: December 1, 1984
A powerful literature already underscores the absence of justification for the federal government's decision to intern some 120,000 Japanese Americans in desolate camps for nearly all of World War II. The racism, jingoism, and economic and political interests behind this vast human tragedy are now clear.1 Yet how such a gross miscalculation of ends and means produced this continuing blot on the national conscience is still controversial.
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