Desert Diamonds Behind Barbed Wire – Electronic Field Trip
Imagine being forcibly relocated from your home, your school or yourfamily to a bleak prison surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards.
This was not a nightmare from wartime Germany but an injustice
endured by nearly 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry living in the
United States following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of
innocent Japanese Americans were forced into isolated internment camps
because of racial prejudice and wartime hysteria. Remarkably, they
created courageous communities where patriotism prospered, loyalty to
the U.S. did not falter, and they played baseball to sustain their
pride and morale.
Join the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Ball State University, and the
National Park Service for a sobering visit to the Manzanar War
Relocation Center. This National Historic Site provides a compelling
classroom to relive the experience of Japanese Americans held captive
during World War II, as well as the plight of countless nationalities
who face discrimination and intolerance still today. This is a tale of
the indomitable Issei and Nisei generations. Learn through the
emotional memories of survivors, and the invincible cheers of
detainees’ baseball games that still echo across the desert valley.
To view the archived Electronic Field Trip, follow this link…