On Dec. 17, 1944, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Korematsu v U.S. that the denial of civil liberties based on race and national origin was legal.
Fred Korematsu (Jan. 30, 1919 – Mar. 30, 2005) , a U.S. citizen and the son of Japanese immigrants, had refused to evacuate when Roosevelt ordered the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Korematsu was arrested, convicted, and sent to the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah. Korematsu unsuccessfully sued the U.S. government for violating his constitutional rights.
Learn more from:
(1) Tracked in America website:http://bit.ly/18O7xUL
(2) Unsung Heroes lesson for middle and high school: http://bit.ly/1guKnub
(3) Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story: http://to.pbs.org/18O7Ajj
(4) More stories of protest of the internment in the film Conscience and the Constitution:http://bit.ly/18O7Dvu
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