Free to Die for Their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II

Free to Die for Their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II

Paperback Chicago Series in Law and Society (Paperback)

By (author) Eric Muller

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 250 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 215mm x 20mm | 345g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226548236
  • ISBN 13: 9780226548234
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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In the spring of 1942, the federal government forced West Coast Japanese Americans into detainment camps on suspicion of disloyalty. Two years later, the government demanded even more, drafting them into the same military that had been guarding them as subversives. Most of these Americans complied, but "Free to Die for Their Country" is the first book to tell the powerful story of those who refused. Based on years of research and personal interviews, Eric L. Muller recreates the emotions and events that followed the arrival of those draft notices revealing a dark and complex chapter of America's history.

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Eric L. Muller is a professor of law at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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One of the Washington Post's Top Nonfiction Titles of 2001 In 1942, the federal government forced West Coast Japanese Americans into detainment camps on suspicion of disloyalty. Two years later, it demanded even more, drafting them into the same military that had been guarding them as subversives. Most of these Americans complied, but "Free to Die for Their Country" is the first book to tell the powerful story of those who refused.