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Prisons and Patriots: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory (Asian American History and Culture)

Lyon, Cherstin

Verlag: Temple University Press, 2011
ISBN 10: 1439901872 / ISBN 13: 9781439901878
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Titel: Prisons and Patriots: Japanese American ...

Verlag: Temple University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

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Inhaltsangabe: Prisons and Patriots provides a detailed account of forty-one Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans), known as the Tucsonians, who were imprisoned for resisting the draft during WWII. Cherstin Lyon parallels their courage as resisters with that of civil rights hero Gordon Hirabayashi, well known for his legal battle against curfew and internment, who also resisted the draft. These dual stories highlight the intrinsic relationship between the rights and the obligations of citizenship, particularly salient in times of war. Lyon considers how wartime civil disobedience has been remembered through history--how soldiers have been celebrated for their valour while resisters have been demonized as unpatriotic. Using archival research and interviews, she presents a complex picture of loyalty and conflict among first-generation Issei and Nisei. Lyon contends that the success of the redress movement has made room for a narrative that neither reduces the wartime confinement to a source of shame nor proffers an uncritical account of heroic individuals.

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Cherstin M. Lyon is Assistant Professor of History, California State University, San Bernardino.

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