The Rise and Fall of America's Concentration Camp Law / Paperback

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The Rise and Fall of America's Concentration Camp Law Civil Liberties Debates from the Internment to McCarthyism and the Radical 1960s 

By Masumi Izumi. The Emergency Detention Act, Title II of the Internal Security Act of  1950, is the only law in American history to legalize preventive  detention. It restricted the freedom of a certain individual or a group  of individuals based on actions that may be taken that would  threaten the security of a nation or of a particular area. Yet the Act  was never enforced before it was repealed in 1971. 

The author dissects the entangled discourses of race, national security, and civil liberties between 1941 and 1971 by examining how this historical  precedent generated “the concentration camp law” and expanded a  ubiquitous regime of surveillance in McCarthyist America.  

Izumi also shows how political radicalism grew as a result of these laws. Japanese Americans were instrumental in forming grassroots social movements that worked to repeal Title II. The Rise and Fall of America’s Concentration Camp Law is a timely study in this age of insecurity where issues of immigration, race, and exclusion persist. 

Paper: 270 pp.

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