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Inside America's Concentration Camps: Two Centuries of Internment and Torture

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Xenophobia, paranoia, and racism have long challenged democracy, a battle played out dramatically in the concentration camps that were built, staffed, and filled with adults and children under the orders of the U.S. government. Beginning in the nineteenth century with the imprisonment of Native Americans, camps reappeared during World War II with the roundup of Japanese Am ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published June 24th 2010 by Chicago Review Press (first published 2010)
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Mercia McMahon
An interesting take on the infamy of the US government sending 120,000 Japanese Americans into concentration camps in the immediate wake of the Pearl Habor attack. Dickerson sets this in the context of concentration camps for Native Americans (as part of the forced removal of tribes in Eastern states), Germans, Italians, and Jews during World War 2, camps planned during the Korean War, camps for asylum seekers, and Guantanamo Bay. The most harrowing example was 1000 Nazi concentration camp survi ...more
Jon
The book was well researched and well written; however, I don't agree with the left-leaning politics of the author. I am very interested in the topic of the internment of Japanese people in the USA during the 1940s.
Naomi
I have read about 5 books on the internment camps during WWI and WWII. Hands down, this is the best book I have read, thus far. The indepthness that the author goes into I have not seen in other books. Furthermore, he has "survivors" personal accounts which I have never seen before in books I have read on this subject. I can't wait to read his books Devil's Sanctuary: An Eyewitness History of Mississippi Hate Crimes and Dixie's Dirty Secret: The True Story of How the Government, the Media, and t ...more
Melissa
This was a very in-depth look at concentration camps, beginning with reservations. I hadn't considered reservations to be concentration camps before, but it makes total sense. The book briefly discusses concentration camps that are still being built, but I really expected this to be discussed more than it was. All in all, very insightful.
Allison Archer
This was an excellent accounting of forcibly segregation in America. It presented a frightening portrayal of personal stories, while also exposing racism in government as the root of these facilities. It was well researched and written in a comfortable style.
Amy
For some odd reason, this book never truly captured my attention. I ended up reading pieces and parts and not even skimming others.
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