Books

 

General topics related to the incarceration


Axford, Roger W. Too Long Silent: Japanese Americans Speak Out. New York: Media Publishing and Marketing, Inc. 1986.[Interviews with twelve former internees focusing on their experiences including Gordon Hirabayashi, William Hohri and Hannah Tomiko Holmes.]


Conrat, Maisie and Richard Conrat.  Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans. Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1992. [Photographic exhibit catalog of the removal and detention of Japanese Americans].


Culley, John J. “World War II and a Western Town: The Internment of Japanese Railroad Workers of Clovis, New Mexico.” Western Historical Quarterly 13.1 (Jan. 1982):43-61.  [Historical study of a small group of japanese American railroad workers interned after being accused of sabotage.]


Daniels, Roger, Sandra C. Taylor, and Hary H.L. Kitano.  Japanese Americans: From Relocation to Redress. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1986. Revised Edition. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1991.  [Covers many different aspects of the internment experience.]


Daniels, Roger. The Politics of Prejudice. New York: Antheum, 1968. [Details the California anti-Japanese movement leading up to exclusion.]


Drinnon, Richard.  Keeper of the Concentration Camps: Dillon S. Myer and American Racism. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1987.  [Biography of War Relocation Authority (and later, Bureau of Indian Affairs) Director Myer.]


Garfinkel, Clair. The Evacuation Diary of Hatsuye Egami. Pasadena: Intentional Productions, 1995. [One of the few records of an Issei woman’s view on the internment. Translated from Japanese.]


Hansen, Arthur A., and Betty E. Mitson, eds. Voices Long Silent: An Oral Inquiry into the Japanese American Evacuation. Fullerton: California State University, Fullerton, Japanese American Oral History Project, 1974. [Essays and oral accounts about life in camp.]


Irons, Peter. Justice at War: The Story of the Japanese American Internment Cases.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1983. [History of the removal and detention of Japanese Americans which focuses eon the Supreme court challenges of the mass removal and how each side built its cases; alleges that Justice Department lawyers concealed evidence disputing the “military necessity” of the removal. This may be the definitive work on the legal aspects of the incarceration.]


Levin, Ellen. A Fence Away From Freedom. New York: G. T. Putnam and Sons, 1995.  [Interview with a broad spectrum of former internees whose voices tell eloquently of their experiences.]


Neiwert, David A.. Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community.


Okihiro, Gary Y. Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans and World War II.  Joan Myers, Photographs. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996.  [Photos of all ten camps as seen today accompanied by an essay written about former internees memories.]


Okubo, Mine. Citizen 13660. New York: Columbia University Press, 1946, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1983.  [Illustrated personal narrative about life int he Tanforan Assembly Center and the Topaz concentration camp.]


Personal Justice Denied: Report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1982. [Results of governmental investigation and hearings of the Japanese American experience during World War II.]


Sone, Monica.  Nisei Daughter.  Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1953.  Introd. S. Frank Miyamoto. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1979. [Autobiographical account of growing up as a Japanese American in Seattle before WWII, continuing to internment at Minidoka and ending with college after camp.]


Uchida, Yoshiko. Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1982.  [Autobiographical account of removal and detention at Topaz, Utah by an author of children’s books.]


 Weglyn, Michi. Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America’s Concentration Camps. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1976.  [Overview of the removal and detention of Japanese Americans during WWII. Considered by many to be the definitive overview work on the subject.]