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When Justice Failed: The Fred Korematsu Story
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.