The Principled Politician: The Story of Ralph Carr
By Adam Schrager.
This important biography tells the true story of the only political leader in the country to welcome Japanese Americans to his state during World War II.
Colorado Governor Ralph Carr was an unwilling candidate who catapulted to the top of the national Republican Party and was even pegged as a possible future presidential candidate by the New York papers. But when he took a courageous, yet unpopular, stance on the internment of Japanese Americans, Carr fell rapidly from favor.
He resisted demands from his political opponents to call up the National Guard to keep the Japanese Americans out of the state, declaring, “If you harm them, you must harm me first.” Speaking out on the issue, Carr fielded thousands of insults and fought off threats of impeachment.
A riveting biography, The Principled Politician is the story of a courageous man sadly forgotten by Colorado and never known by his country.
Hardbound: 352 pp.