Professor Eric Muller (UNC Law School), who guest blogged here and who regularly blogs at Is That Legal? has recently published American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II. From the book jacket:
When the U.S. government forced 70,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry into internment camps in 1942, it created administrative tribunals to pass judgment on who was loyal and who was disloyal. Muller relates the untold story of exactly how military and civilian bureaucrats judged these tens of thousands of American citizens during wartime. This is the only study of the Japanese American internment to examine the complex inner workings of the most draconian system of loyalty screening that the American government has ever deployed against its own citizens. At a time when our nation again finds itself beset by worries about an “enemy within” considered identifiable by race or religion, this volume offers crucial lessons from a recent and disastrous history.
Eric has studied and written about the Japanese Internment extensively over the years, and his book looks fascinating. He’s currently blogging about the book at PrawfsBlawg.