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Japanese Internment



     Today, in C-Span's program on President Roosevelt, Stanford historian David Kennedy repeated the usual charge against the internment of Japanese in World War II. Many WAISers disagree with him. Let me select the comments of a distinguished historian, Stanley Payne:
     Your comments on the Japanese internment are right on. There are other points to be added: Japanese were only interned in California, where there was a heavy concentration, not those in other parts of the country. There was no issue of "racism." Any Japanese who wanted to leave the camps to work in any place other than on the west coast was allowed to do so, and some took advantage of that. A minority were definitely on the side of Tokyo and were sent to a special remote camp at Tule Lake. It was not a remarkable policy under wartime conditions.

Ronald Hilton - 10/11/99


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