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American inquisition : the hunt for Japanese American disloyalty in World War II

Author: Eric L Muller
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2007] ©2007
Series: H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman series.
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"When the U.S. government forced 70,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry into internment camps in 1942, it created administrative tribunals to pass judgment on which of those citizens were loyal and which were disloyal. In American Inquisition, Eric Muller relates the untold story of how military and civilian bureaucrats judged these tens of thousands of American citizens during wartime." "Some citizens were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Muller, Eric L.
American inquisition.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2007
(DLC) 2007011436
(OCoLC)86110062
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eric L Muller
ISBN: 9780807885277 0807885274
OCLC Number: 233578171
Notes: "A Caravan book"--Title page verso.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (197 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Japanese Americans before the war --
3. Presumed loyal, presumed disloyal --
4. Pressures on the presumption of disloyalty --
5. The loyalty questionnaires of 1943 --
6. Processing loyalty at the Japanese American Joint Board --
7. Processing loyalty at the Provost Marshal General's office --
8. Processing loyalty at the War Relocation Authority --
9. Processing loyalty at the Western Defense Command --
10. Defending (and distorting) loyalty adjudication in court --
11. Conclusion --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Series Title: H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman series.
Responsibility: Eric L. Muller.

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When the US government forced 70,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry into internment camps in 1942, it created administrative tribunals to pass judgment on who was loyal and who was disloyal.  Read more...

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"[A] good book on an unexplored dimension of a sorry chapter in American history.--Journal of American History

 
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