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Nature Behind Barbed Wire: An Environmental History of the Japanese American Incarceration

Connie Y. Chiang


The mass imprisonment of over 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry during World War II was one of the most egregious violations of civil liberties in US history. Removed from their homes on the temperate Pacific Coast, Japanese Americans spent the war years in ten desolate camps in the nation’s interior. Although scholars and commentators acknowledge the harsh environmental conditions of these camps, they have turned their attention to the social, political, or legal dimensions of this story. Nature Behind Barbed Wire shifts the focus to the natural world and explores how it shaped the experien ... More

Keywords: environment, nature, incarceration, confinement, World War II, Japanese American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190842062
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190842062.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Connie Y. Chiang, author
Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College