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Book Title: Years of Infamy|
The author of the book: Michi Weglyn
Edition: University of Washington Press
Date of issue: April 1st 1996
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.5
ISBN 13: 9780295974842
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I read this book about the internment of the Japanese in United States during WWII because I was very interested in the phenomenon based on my readings about the Canadian Japanese were also interned during WWII. I had hoped that my understanding of what had happened in my country would be greatly enhanced if would be able to compare it to what had happened in the U.S. Ms. Weglyn's book proved to be everything that I had hoped it would be and more.
Their internment in the US was significantly shorter than it was Canada because the US entered WWII in January 1942 whereas Canada was involved at war as of September 1939. The Canadian government confiscated all the vehicles (cars, fishing boats, trucks), businesses, homes and real estate belonging to the Japanese. The US did not confiscate any property. However, internees typically lost their real estate because of their inability to pay municipal property taxes while interned. Canadian internees were not allowed to serve in the Canadian armed forces during the war. American Internees of military age were required to serve.
Internment in both countries was quite civilized. The internees were given small cabins in which they could live as families. Health services and education were also provided for. The internees were allowed to leave the camps to earn money as labourers.
Miss Weglyn has written a first rate book that provides tremendous insight on the Japanese internment in the United Sates.
This book is well researched and relatively dispassionate. While it does make it clear that the internment was motivated by racism, it also makes it clear that large segments of the white population were appalled by what happened and worked vigorously afterwards to ensure that the internees were compensated for their internment.
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