Did the United States put its own citizens in concentration camps during WWII?
Times of war are historically hostile to civil rights. Even U.S. President Abraham Lincoln — arguably the most beloved president in history — took liberties with the Constitution during the Civil War. For one, he suspended the writ of habeas corpus to allow prisoners to be held without trial. Historians argue whether this was justified, and even many of his supporters are willing to admit that Lincoln’s actions are ethically gray. Eighty years later, another president was faced with a similarly difficult decision when the United States was pulled into war. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the decision to relocate more than 100,000 Japanese a