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Edison State Library Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone number: 937-778-7950
The resources in this guide are meant to supplement this year's common read, "They Called Us Enemy" by George Takei. They are some of the many resources available to learn more about the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII.
Books in the Edison State Library
WWII Japanese-American Internment Museum
The WWII Japanese-American Internment Museum in McGehee, AR, operates two former relocation campsites in Rohwer and Jerome. The website gives info about the history and various resources.
The Topaz Museum includes resources such as a virtual tour, an archive of documents and periodicals, and a collection of stories told by the survivors.
Manzanar National Historic Site
This exhibit includes objects, historic photographs, paintings, and documents that reflect life at Manzanar.
Multi-media features include a virtual tour of the site today, slide shows exploring the daily lives of Manzanar internees, and oral history selections from people with personal connections to Manzanar and its stories.
Densho's Japanese-American Legacy Project
Hosts a vast multimedia collection, such as letters, interviews and a podcast.
A More Perfect Union
This site from the Smithsonian explores a period of U.S. history when racial prejudice and fear upset the delicate balance between the rights of a citizen versus the power of the state. Focusing on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in detention camps during World War II, this exhibit is a case study in decision-making and citizen action under the U.S. Constitution.