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Nature Behind Barbed WireAn Environmental History of the Japanese American Incarceration$
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Connie Y. Chiang

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190842062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190842062.001.0001

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Environmental Patriotism

Environmental Patriotism

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(p.122) 5 Environmental Patriotism
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Nature Behind Barbed Wire
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Connie Y. Chiang

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190842062.003.0006

During the war, many natural resources and environmental activities were directly connected to the war effort. This chapter examines how Japanese Americans tried to show their patriotism and prove their loyalty to the United States by engaging with nature in these prescribed ways. These interactions often involved the production of food, with detainees planting victory gardens and working as sugar beet harvesters at a time when farms were experiencing severe labor shortages. In addition, Japanese Americans at Manzanar participated in a program to cultivate and process guayule, a plant that experts believed could address a nationwide rubber shortage. Participating in these activities became expressions of environmental patriotism.

Keywords:   War Relocation Authority, Japanese Americans, Manzanar, patriotism, victory garden, agriculture, labor, rubber, guayule

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