Fred Korematsu

Fred Korematsu World War II Visual Arts American History Civil Rights Famous Historical Events Social Studies

Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American, filed a civil case against the U.S. government.  He alleged that his constitutional rights were denied when he was forced to leave his home, and his work, and live in a war-relocation (internment) camp.

Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Korematsu, Justice Frank Murphy wrote a blistering dissent.  He called the war-relocation effort "legalization of racism."

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Image of Fred Korematsu, online courtesy Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  



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