The Korematsu Case and the biggest civil rights violation in American History

Amy Zhang
7 min readAug 16, 2020
During World War II, the U.S. government ordered 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry into prison camps. Fred Korematsu, an American citizen of Japanese descent, refused to go, and his case went before the Supreme Court.

The 1930s and 1940s marked a period of fear, war, death, and atrocities all over the world. Multiple countries committed horrendous war crimes, and the entire world was plagued with the horror of World War II. On the American homefront, perhaps the biggest violation of civil liberties occurred with the internment of Japanese Americans. How did this happen…

Amy Zhang

Injustice from the eyes of a high schooler. Activist. Lover of history. Here to educate and inspire.