James M. Lindsay

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Lindsay analyzes the politics shaping U.S. foreign policy and the sustainability of American power.

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Lessons Learned: Japanese-American Internment During WWII

by James M. Lindsay
February 21, 2012


A new installment of “Lessons Learned” is now out. This week I discuss the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on February 19, 1942—which set in motion the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II—and examine what lessons it has for understanding international relations today.

I hope you enjoy it.

If you’d like to know more about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, check out these books:

Erica Harth, Last Witnesses: Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans. (2003)

Dorothea Lange, Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment. (2008)

Alice Murray, Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress. (2007)

Greg Robinson, By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans. (2003)

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