KOREMATSU V. UNITED STATES by Karen Alonso

KOREMATSU V. UNITED STATES

Japanese-American Internment Camps
Age Range: 11 - 15
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This latest entry in the Landmark Supreme Court Cases series presents the troubling case of Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American citizen who sued the US government for damages for his time spent in an internment camp during WW II. Alonso capably presents the history of the case, attitudes of fear and prejudice in this country before and during WW II, the complex legal issues involved in the case, and the decision rendered by the Supreme Court on December 18, 1944, against Fred Korematsu; she also covers the remarkable story of the case as it was reopened and overturned almost 40 years later, when it was discovered that the government withheld important facts and that the War Department destroyed records and lied to the Justice Department. The book highlights the history of discrimination in the US and, in a very readable way, gives readers a context for comprehending terrible past events. While making clear that such events should not be repeated, Alonso recalls some of the racist remarks made in the wake of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and questions whether Americans have “learned to push prejudice” from their minds. (b&w photos, not seen, notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 11-15)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-89490-966-5
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Enslow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1998