KOREMATSU V. UNITED STATES: Japanese American Internment Cases from Incarceration to the Travel Ban
October 25, 2018 6:15 pm

A panel discussion with:
Prof. Peter Irons, author of Justice at War and a leader of the 1983 legal team representing Fred Korematsu
Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu and Founder & Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Institute
Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent, New York Times Moderated by Michael Hindus Lecturer in History and American Studies

In 1943 and 1944 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the military orders that forced over 120,000 Japanese Americans into American incarceration camps. 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. In 2018 the Supreme Court repudiated its decision in Korematsu while approving President Trump’s controversial travel ban.

Presented by The Center for American Studies, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Department of History, and the American Constitution Society With support from the Jack Miller Center


  1. A fascinating panel and discussion regarding the Korematsu VS United States case and immigration issues. It was also speculated how presidential power wishes could influence Supreme Court decisions. Loved this stimulating and thought provoking talk and panel.

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