The Battle for Los Angeles

The Battle for Los Angeles

Racial Ideology and World War II

Book - 2006
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From the publisher's description: "World War II prompted many Americans to join an ongoing debate about the meaning of "race." Some argued that the United States was fighting against Hitler's racial ideology. Others insisted that a "white" America was fighting a "grasping, cruel and insanely ambitious race," as the Los Angeles Examiner referred to the Japanese. This debate was especially notable in Los Angeles, home to the nation's largest Japanese American and Mexican American communities and to a large and growing African American population. Kevin Leonard follows this verbal "battle for Los Angeles" immediately before, during, and after the war. Until late 1942 few people challenged the idea that "race" determined how a person thought and behaved. After Pearl Harbor many of the city's leaders argued that all people of Japanese ancestry were racially Japanese and therefore loyal to Japan. This traditional racial ideology influenced the incarceration and removal of Japanese Americans from coastal areas."
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780826340474
Characteristics: xii, 360 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Other Standard Identifier: 9780826340474


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