This was a very satisfactory site; thanks for sharing this wonderfully exciting material with a girl who has little education of people other than whites, like herself.
Thoughtful site. I understand that German boats were cited on the east coast. I wonder why the President and the military did not call for interning German Americans on the east coast to create a zone along that cost, free of the enemy?
I have always loved the physical exhibit of A More Perfect Union and have been to see it repeatedly. I think it's great that this is finally online, so everyone can access the experience regardless of where they live.
I will say that it's unfortunate the feeling of being surrounded by life-size elements of the internment camps cannot be duplicated online. That feature of the physical exhibit places people in an uncomfortable position, one similar to the internees, and makes it nearly impossible for visitors not to relate to the material. Surfing the site from the safety of my room enabled me to detach in a way the physical site could never allow.
However, despite the limitations of the Internet, the website is great and the research features are a great tool for students like myself.
Basically, the site is outstanding in many regards.
I do have a concern, though, that you did not include pertinant information that may have caused the American Gov't. and west coast citizens to react against the Japanese as it did. What I think I remember is that during the months after Pearl Harbor, Japanese ships were patroling up and down the west coast to test our defenses, which, at that time, were extremely weak. Those ships were communicating with Japanese spys along the west coast. And that is why our military and the President wanted to create a zone along the coast, free of the enemy,to stop that communication. Time was not on our side. Knowing this information, and I assume it's true, makes it easy for me to understand the paranoia among Americans along the west coast at that time.
Did you mention this in your text? I did not see it and I think it's critical to a better understanding of what went on. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Thank you.
Overall, I think this website is extremely informative as well as comprehensive. The breadth of information is vast, including some pre-World War II history that relates to the Japanese American experience.
I think the website is extremely well organised and the presentation is aesthically pleasing. While there are other websites that address the issues surronding the Japanese American internment, I think this website is one of the best, particularly because a student or researcher knows that the source is reputable.