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ntroduction: he eatures of merican ationhood This book is a historical inquiry into law and the experience of American nationhood. Like so much else in early twenty-first century America, the book’s beginnings can be traced to the morning of September 11, 2001. I was inside a voting booth in the Westbeth Building in New York City, an old factory turned artists’ space along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s west side. Until just a few years before, the waterfront along the Hudson in downtown Manhattan had been home to a bustling international maritime trade. Cargo

169 c Chapter 6 The Citizen- Soldier and the Citizen- Internee Fraternity, Race, and American Nationhood, 1942– 46 When an enemy submarine allegedly shelled Goleta, California, in an effort to destroy oil installations there, Japa nese Amer- icans were accused of collaborating with the enemy. How else, their accus- ers reasoned, would the enemy have known that a changeover of the shore battery would leave the installations defenseless that very day? According to one government offi cial, when a sweep of the Japa nese community ensued, “Innocent appearing

The Story of John and Abigail Adams in Europe
Hidden Histories of American Law
Nation, Race, and Gender from Oroonoko to Anita Hill
The Louisiana Purchase and the Creation of America
Representation in the United States, 1776–1850
The First Seminole War and American Nationhood
Making an American Public after the Revolution
Violence and Racial Fantasies in the Vietnam Era