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The Japanese American Cases: The Rule of Law in Time of War (Landmark Law Cases and American Society) Paperback – November 19, 2013

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"This is an admirable compilation of the many strands and layers of this complex history. What sets this book apart is his tone of understanding and looking at things from the point of view of us, the victims of government policy, admirably illustrated by passages like this: 'For the West Coast Japanese Americans the eleven months following Pearl Harbor were an extended waking nightmare as their illusions about their place in wartime American society were inexorably destroyed.'"—Nichi Bei

"A timely work exploring both incarceration and its consequences for the post-war Japanese American community."—Journal of Asian American Studies

"No issue better reflects the tension between constitutional principle and the demand for security than the World War II internment of Japanese and Japanese American citizens. In crisp prose and with moving detail, Daniels brings the stories behind these landmark cases to life and demonstrates the complex interplay of rights, fear, racial animus, individual courage, and justice that shaped these decisions and their historic aftermath. If we are to learn from our mistakes, we must examine them closely. Daniels provides a national service in helping us do just that."--David Cole, author of Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism

"In this revealing study, Daniels demonstrates how seemingly ordinary people asserted their constitutional rights against all odds. He analyzes judicial opinions and unearths internal divisions among government officials and conflicts among lawyers representing both sides. A must-read for all concerned with justice in America."--Eileen H. Tamura, author of In Defense of Justice: Joseph Kurihara and the Japanese American Struggle for Equality

"Daniels has a well-deserved reputation as a leading historian on this subject. Here, he ably recounts the legal challenges to their internment by four young Japanese Americans, which resulted in Supreme Court decisions that still provoke debate and denunciation. He also brings this story up to date with accounts of the successful effort in the 1980s to vacate their criminal convictions and promote 'redress and reparations' on behalf of all victims. This book is a timely reminder of a shameful episode in American history."--Peter Irons, author of Justice at War: The Story of the Japanese-American Internment Cases

"A clear and candid account of one of the great failures of American civil rights."--Allan Ryan, author of Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur's Justice, and Command Accountability

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Roger Daniels served as a consultant with the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. He is the Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Cincinnati and author of more than a dozen books, including Prisoners without Trial; Concentration Camps, North America; and The Politics of Prejudice.

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