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Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II

Richard Reeves


Less than three months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and inflamed the nation, President Roosevelt signed an executive order declaring parts of four western states to be a war zone operating under military rule. The U.S. Army immediately began rounding up thousands of Japanese-Americans, sometimes giving them less than 24 hours to vacate their houses and farms. For the rest of the war, these victims of war hysteria were imprisoned in primitive camps.

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Why a One Read?

For students, faculty, and staff, it is important to be exposed to and aware of aspects of the world beyond their own daily experiences. To facilitate this understanding, and also to strengthen our campus community, Mizzou Law started a One Read program in 2015. This year, MU Libraries is thrilled to join the program and invite all students, staff, and faculty to read a particular book relating to diversity, inclusion, and current issues of social justice.

We believe that a One Read program will strengthen our Mizzou community by providing a focus for yearlong conversations and events across campus. Over the past several years, our attention has been drawn by events around the U.S. to issues of race and the experience of “otherness.” These issues reflect the challenges of seeing the world from another’s perspective – an imperative skill at any University, and as a member of society.

Schuermann, Sue

I am a Senior Library Specialist at the Journalism Library. I have over 26 years experience helping patrons with research, technology and outreach.