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Author Lyon, Cherstin M., 1971-

Title Prisons and patriots : Japanese American wartime citizenship, civil disobedience, and historical memory / Cherstin M. Lyon
Published Philadelphia : Temple University Press, [2012]


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 239 pages) : illustrations
Series Asian American history and culture
Asian American history and culture.
Contents Introduction: "A footstep in the sand of time" -- Lessons in citizenship -- Nisei wartime citizenship -- Loyalty and resistance -- Gordon Hirabayashi in the Tucson Federal Prison Camp -- The obligations of citizenship -- Prison and punishment -- Reunions, redress, and reconciliation -- Conclusion: The changing nature of citizenship
Summary Prisons and Patriots provides a detailed account of forty-one Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans), known as the Tucsonians, who were imprisoned for resisting the draft during WWII. Cherstin Lyon parallels their courage as resisters with that of civil rights hero Gordon Hirabayashi, well known for his legal battle against curfew and internment, who also resisted the draft. These dual stories highlight the intrinsic relationship between the rights and the obligations of citizenship, particularly salient in times of war. Lyon considers how wartime civil disobedience has been remembered through history-how soldiers have been celebrated for their valor while resisters have been demonized as unpatriotic. Using archival research and interviews, she presents a complex picture of loyalty and conflict among first-generation Issei and Nisei. Lyon contends that the success of the redress movement has made room for a narrative that neither reduces the wartime confinement to a source of shame nor proffers an uncritical account of heroic individuals. -- Publisher
Analysis "Multi-User"
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Hirabayashi, Gordon K.
SUBJECT Hirabayashi, Gordon K
Hirabayashi, Gordon K. fast
Subject Japanese Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century
Japanese Americans -- Forced removal and internment, 1942-1945
Japanese Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Draft resisters -- United States
Civil disobedience -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Prisoners -- Arizona -- Tucson -- Biography
HISTORY -- Military -- World War II.
HISTORY -- General.
Japanese Americans
Civil disobedience
Draft resisters
Japanese Americans -- Civil rights
Japanese Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Arizona -- Tucson
United States
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011015299
ISBN 9781439901885