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Free to Die for Their Country

The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II

One of the Washington Post’s Top Nonfiction Titles of 2001

In the spring of 1942, the federal government forced West Coast Japanese Americans into detainment camps on suspicion of disloyalty. Two years later, the government demanded even more, drafting them into the same military that had been guarding them as subversives. Most of these Americans complied, but Free to Die for Their Country is the first book to tell the powerful story of those who refused. Based on years of research and personal interviews, Eric L. Muller re-creates the emotions and events that followed the arrival of those draft notices, revealing a dark and complex chapter of America’s history.

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250 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2001

Chicago Series in Law and Society

History: American History

Law and Legal Studies: Law and Society

Table of Contents

1. Untold Patriotism
2. Uneasy Welcome
3. Injury
4. Insult to Injury
5. Reaction
6. Jails within Jails
7. A Shock to the Conscience
8. Incarceration Redux
9. Pardon?


Gustavus Myers Ctr/Study of Human Rights: Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Book Award
Honorable Mention

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