The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is one of the ugliest chapters in U.S. history. Starting in 1942, 120,000 citizens of Japanese descent on the Pacific coast were forced to abandon their homes and businesses and relocate to distant concentrations camps. Below, listen to two audio recordings of Public Programs that explore this era: the first, with the late historian Richard Reeves on his book, Infamy, about the history and fallout of the internment, and the second, a unique reenactment of the legal proceedings that occurred after a group of men at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center protested their internment by resisting the military draft.
Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in WWII
May 18, 2015
In 1942, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were interned for the remainder of World War II. Historian Richard Reeves and moderator Lesley Stahl provides insight into this painful chapter in American history.
The Heart Mountain Draft Resisters: A Trial Reenactment
May 16, 2015
Legal experts—including Judge Denny Chin—lead a reenactment of the legal proceedings that occurred when men confined at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming evaded the draft in 1944 to protest their internment.
Top image: Japanese Americans in front of poster with internment orders. Records of War Relocation Authority. National Archives