R314 Fall 2018 The Internment of Japanese-Americans During World War II
Mondays, 9:40–11:05, Sept. 17–Sept. 24
Instructor: Robert Finkelstein
Approximately 112,000 Japanese-Americans living on the west coast (70 percent of whom were US citizens) were interned during World War II solely because of their ancestry. This class will briefly trace the history of Japanese immigration and anti-Japanese discrimination in the United States, the pertinent events of World War II, some of the experiences of those interned, the legal issues and Supreme Court cases, and politics during the war. The class will also review events after World War II, including efforts to compensate those interned and legal cases to reverse related convictions.
Robert Finkelstein earned his BS in American government from Columbia University, and his MS in computer systems from American University. He has extensively read about and studied the internment of the Japanese.