Tuesday, September 16, 2008

America's concentration camps

A note from Rick Pettigrew, head of The Archaeology Channel:

Friends and colleagues: Historical archaeology takes on special relevance and visibility when it covers times and events of unique importance to the public. The tragedy of Japanese-American internment camps in World War II still touches the nerves of Americans—especially Japanese-Americans—today, as you will note when you see Camp Amache, the latest video feature on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel (

Camp Amache in Southeastern Colorado was one of 10 War Relocation Authority, or internment, camps where US authorities forced Japanese-Americans to live after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War II. Home to nearly 7,300 internees from 1942 to 1945, it now is a National Historic Landmark. In 2008, Dr. Bonnie Clark of the University of Denver led a field school at the site, which is threatened by bottle-collecting and cattle-grazing. One highlight of the season was a visit by a former internee who found there a poignant memento of his past.

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Richard M. Pettigrew, Ph.D., RPA
President and Executive Director
Archaeological Legacy Institute

Photo: Camp Amache, Colorado/Dept of Defense

Troopergate Update: Some important insights into the transmogrification of the bipartisan investigation into an alleged Democratic Party witch hunt, by Les Gara on The Huffington Post.

Dog shit DNA: According to the BBC, authorities in the Israeli town of Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv, are creating a DNA database so they can trace dog owners who don't clean up after their pets. Now that's putting science to work for the public good.

1 comment:

Anne Gilbert said...

This is one of the most shameful moments in American history. Really. Interestingly enough, I went to a high school where there were a lot of Japanese-American kids. They were as American as they could be, being Japanese kids. What was weird, though, is my parents told me before I went to high school, even, about the Japanese internment. But I didn't connect this with the kids I knew, until years later, when it occurred to me that at least some of them could have been born in those awful places. Or their older brothers and sisters could have. I'm glad people are now speaking out about these things. It's terribly easy to forget about them.
Anne G