Haunting New Book Revisits Japanese Internment Camps
Richard Cahan and Michael Williams’s Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II captures a grim part of American history.
By John Hardberger
November 9, 2016, 10:58 am
Of the more than 100,000 Japanese Americans tossed into 10 stateside prison camps during World War II, 70,000 were U.S. citizens. That scourge on American history is the subject of a haunting new book, Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II, by Chicago authors Richard Cahan and Michael Williams (November 15). “As Americans and humans, we are very capable of making shortsighted decisions based on fear,” says Cahan, who worked with Williams to gather poignant images by such iconic photographers as Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams—and track down some of their subjects. “I want people to understand what we, as a society, are capable of.”