In 1943 and 1944 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the military orders that forced over 120,000 Japanese Americans into American prison camps during World War II. It took almost 40 years to overturn the convictions of Fred Korematsu and others who violated the orders with the "smoking gun" evidence of governmental misconduct.
Between the 1890s and the Vietnam era, many thousands of American Protestant missionaries were sent to live throughout the non-European world. They expected to change the people they encountered, but those foreign people ended up transforming the missionaries. Their experience abroad made many of these missionaries and their children critical of racism, imperialism, and religious orthodoxy.
From grungy American dives to a State-Department-sponsored tour of Southeast Asia -- Sam Reider describes his journey as an American music ambassador and the accordion that altered his life's trajectory.
Freedom and Citizenship Program
Beginning in 2009, the Center for American Studies has collaborated with the Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center on a program that introduces high school students to college-level work in the humanities and prepares them for lives as informed, responsible citizens.