Enduring Conviction
312 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
21 illustrations
Hardcover
Release Date:15 Nov 2015
ISBN:9780295995151
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Enduring Conviction

Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice

University of Washington Press

Fred Korematsu's decision to resist the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, was initially the case of a young man following his heart: he wanted to remain in California with his white fiancée. However, he quickly came to realize that it was more than just a personal choice; it was a matter of basic human rights. Korematsu was arrested and convicted of a federal crime. Forty years later, in the early 1980s, a team of young attorneys resurrected Korematsu's case. Lorraine Bannai, a young attorney on that legal team, uncovers the inspiring story of a humble, soft-spoken man who fought tirelessly against human rights abuses long after he was exonerated. In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Korematsu the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Lorraine K. Bannai is director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and professor of legal skills at Seattle University School of Law.
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