Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Remembering Heart Mountain: Essays on Japanese American Interment in Wyoming

Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Remembering Heart Mountain: Essays on Japanese American Interment in Wyoming

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Remembering Heart Mountain: Essays on Japanese American Interment in Wyoming. Edited by Mike Mackey. (Powell, WY: Western History Publications, 1999. Pp. 240. Acknowledgments, profiles of authors, notes, and index. $14.95, paper.)

On May 19, 1995, Mike Mackey brought together an impressive array of 330 historians, anthropologists, and writers to Wyoming's Northwest College to present papers and discuss the wartime internment of Japanese Americans at the Heart Mountain, Wyoming Relocation Center. Following that symposium, Mackey and Northwest College Professor of History Steven Thulin edited five of the papers presented at the conference and solicited four additional articles to give balance and depth to a new volume on the Japanese-American internment experience in Wyoming.

The book examines the anti-Japanese movement that existed on the west coast prior to World War II, as well as other political forces that swept Japanese-Americans into internment camps and kept them there for the duration of the war, in an essay by Roger Daniels, the dean of JapaneseAmerican internment history. It offers a brief view of important institutions inside the camp and the strained existence of the camp's newspaper, school system, and medical services. The late Frank T. Inouye studies the divisive and often contentious issues surrounding the resistance at the Heart Mountain Center to the army's segregated military draft. The volume offers recollections of the internment camp by area residents and by Japanese Americans incarcerated there. It presents a brief analysis by cultural anthropologist Lane Ryo Hirabayashia of the interpretation of archival materials and current sources available to researchers. …

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