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Fred Korematsu: All American Hero

Fred Korematsu: All American Hero, Carolina Academic Press, 2011

UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 471

101 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2015  

Anupam Chander

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Madhavi Sunder

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Can the life of a Japanese American interned in World War II be relevant to a young girl today? This graphic novel tells the story of Fred Korematu, a young man who was imprisoned by the United States along with a hundred and twenty thousand other Japanese Americans, young and old, in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The text of the graphic novel is drawn from the historical records and reports on the debates both in the Japanese American community and in the courts. The novel carries the story from the 1940s internment and court challenges to the 1980s, when Fred, now in his sixties, reopened his case based on evidence that the government had withheld crucial information from the courts when Fred had been convicted of violating the internment orders. The story shows a young girl struggling with her identity as an American learning a key lesson from Fred’s life: If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don’t be afraid to speak up.

Keywords: Constitutional law, equal protection, legal history, civil liberties

Suggested Citation

Chander, Anupam and Sunder, Madhavi, Fred Korematsu: All American Hero (2011). Fred Korematsu: All American Hero, Carolina Academic Press, 2011; UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 471. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2702601

Anupam Chander (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

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Madhavi Sunder

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall
Davis, CA CA 95616-5201
United States
530-752-2896 (Phone)
530-754-5304 (Fax)

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