By Jan Jarboe Russell | January 24, 2015 | Updated: January 26, 2015 11:21am
During World War II, train cars delivered over 6,000 civilians to guards at an American internment camp in Crystal City, a scrubby, desolate South Texas town just 35 miles from the Mexican border. ..They were arrested, charged with no crime and incarcerated simply because of their country or culture of origin. Texas journalist and author Jan Jarboe Russell peels back the shades on this dark period of U.S. history with her book, "The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II." This is an excerpt from the book.
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It's been half a century since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act changed the landscape of America, and no book has assessed the impact or importance of this law as this one does, with its brilliant combination of personal stories and larger demographic and political issues"-- Provided by publisher.
This meticulously researched book on FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange contains interviews of more than 50 living detainees of the WWII family internment camp in Crystal City, Tx. It's an important story to be told.
This new book is a well-timed outcry to remind the strength by uniting as diverse Americans rather than dividing in fear, hatred and pain. The author was inspired by the Langston Hughes poem: “I, Too, sing America.”
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The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation's preeminent scholars on the subject. In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States. But as award-winning historian Erika Lee reminds us, Asian Americans also have deep roots in the country
Listen to an interview with Erica Lee, author of The Making of Asian America: a history on National Public Radio