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When Justice Failed: The Fred Korematsu Story
When Justice Failed: The Fred Korematsu Story
(Steven A. Chin, Alex Haley, David Tamura)

When Justice Failed: The Fred Korematsu StoryWhen Justice Failed (October 1992)
When Justice Failed relates the life and experiences of the Japanese American who defied the order of internment during World War II and took his case as far as the Supreme Court.
After the Japanese Navy attacks Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States and Japan are at war. For over one hundred thousand Japanese Americans, the war brings special tragedy. One and all, they are all rounded up by the United States Army and imprisoned in internment camps. Fred Korematsu challenges his arrest and the treatment of Japanese Americans during the war.
Fred Korematsu's case is heard at the US. Supreme Court, and he loses the case. In 1983, evidence that has been suppressed by the government lawyers, was presented in San Francisco Federal Court, and the government had to admit its error in the Supreme Court case. Ultimately, the government apologized and made reparations to all of those internees still alive.
Steven A. Chin is a published author of children's books. Some of his published credits include Dragon Parade: A Chinese New Year Story (Stories of America), When Justice Failed: The Fred Korematsu Story (Stories of America) and The Success of Gordon H. Chong and Associates.
David Tamura has contributed to When Justice Failed: The Fred Korematsu Story (Stories of America) as an illustrator. Tseng, who was born and raised in Taiwan, is the only artist living outside China to have received the Golden Globet Award for excellence in Chinese painting from the National Art Association in Taiwan.
Alex Haley, as General Editor, wrote the following introduction:
Introduction By Alex Haley, General Editor
There once was a comedy skit in which hundreds of people lived in a tall apartment building that a magician had built with his magic. Real people lived in the building, but the building wasn't real. The joke was that whenever anyone stopped believing in the magician's magic, the building would begin to fall. If they believed, the building stood tall and strong.
Democracy is like that. The imaginary building is the American Constitution with its laws, its rights, and its responsibilities. We, the people, are both the magicians and the residents. When we believe in our democracy, it works. When we doubt, it wavers, risking collapse.
The story you are about to read is about one of the times in our history when our faith in our democracy failed us. Our doubts gave way to prejudice, and an entire population of American citizens suffered. it is a story to read with care because its lessons are important. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
When Justice Failed: The Fred Korematsu Story • Reviews
"If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don't be afraid to speak up." - Fred Korematsu
"This is a moving account of World War II and the struggles that surrounded the people involved. Your child will learn respect for Fred Korematsu and the risks that he took to safeguard his fellow man. I used this book as research for my own historical novel and found it to be immensely useful." - Pleasant Grove, Utah.
"I felt so much for Fred Korematsu while I was reading this book. It touched my heart in many different ways. One person can change the world, and Fred Korematsu is proof of that. May his soul rest in peace." - Grants Pass, Oregon.
"This book was educational, interesting, captivating, all of the above! It's about the time when all Japanese-Americans had to go to camps which were like prisons, and how one man, Fred Korematsu, stood up for his rights. This is all a true story." - Melbourne, Florida.
"After reading When Justice Failed, it made me think about what is was like back in the olden days before I was even born. It was horrible for many Japanese friends and families." - Bainbridge, Georgia.
"When Justice Failed follows Japanese American Fred Korenmatsu, who was arrested and forced to move with his family to an internment center after the bombing of Pearl Harbor." - Cambium Learning.
"This part of Unite States history contained within When Justice Failed is worthy of study so that it will not be repeated. Schools will want to use this accessible title in conjunction with civics units." - School Library Journal.

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