Book: Years of Infamy

Impetus for Book

The impetus for the book came in 1968 when Weglyn heard a statement on television from then former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who said that “there had never been, never were, nor will there ever be concentration camps in this country.” She was also influenced by her reading of the book, While Six Million People Died, by Arthur Morse, detailing the Roosevelt administration’s indifference to rescuing Jews from Hitler’s Holocaust.

For the next eight years, she culled primary records from the New York City Library, the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Franklin Roosevelt Home and Museum in New York, to find evidence to expiate Japanese Americans from the military necessity argument used by the U.S. government in incarcerating 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II.


Chapter 1: The Secret Munson Report
Chapter 2: Hostages
Chapter 3: “So the Army Could Handle the Japs”
Chapter 4: Outcasts
Chapter 5: Reentry into America
Chapter 6: “Dear Mr. President”
Chapter 8: Loyalty—Disloyalty
Chapter 9: Tule Lake
Chapter 10: The Stockade
Chapter 11: To Liberate or Not to Liberate
Chapter 12: Renunciation
Chapter 13: Native American Aliens
Chapter 14: Epilogue

Dramatis Personae

Book Reviews

Japanese-American at Camp
By Robert Kirsch
Los Angeles Times (May 27, 1976)

The Issei, the Nisei and Us
By John L. Hess
The New York Times (May 10, 1976)

Bestsellers Review
July 1976

Early critical acclaim for Years of Infamy

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