"December 6, 1941. Japanese Navy and air forces attack Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, surprising American forces and launching America's formal entry into World War II." "Six months after the Pearl Harbor attack marked a campaign of bigotry toward the Japanese immigrants who called Bellevue, Washington, their home. Prosperous for its strawberry farms and located on the outskirts of Seattle, Bellevue was home to these immigrants who, though rejected by white society, were able to make a living by cultivating the rich soil. Yet the lives they created for themselves vanished almost instantly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Herded en masse into internment camps by their own government, a trenchant racism forced upon these farmers lost freedoms. Their forced incarceration, based upon a mass presumption of guilt, has lasting effects even today." "David A. Neiwert recounts the destruction of this community. Combining compelling storytelling with firsthand interviews and newly uncovered documents, Neiwert weaves together the history of this community and the racist schemes that prevented these immigrants from reclaiming their land after World War II. Strawberry Days represents more than the community's story, reminding us that bigotry's roots are deeply entwined in the very fiber of American society."--BOOK JACKET.Neiwert, David A. is the author of 'Strawberry Days How Internment Destroyed A Japanese American Community', published 2005 under ISBN 9781403967923 and ISBN 140396792X.