Natasha Varner

Natasha Varner holds a PhD in history from the University of Arizona and is deeply committed to creating and cultivating public facing scholarship. This work includes writing for PRI’s The World; developing and teaching anti-racist history curriculum; directing communications and public engagement endeavors at Densho; and creating unconscionably long Twitter threads. You can find her on Twitter at @nsvarner.

Updated February 2019

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Japanese Americans Incarcerated During WWII Could Still Vote, Kind Of

During World War II,120,000 Americans of Japanese descent were stripped of their rights and property under the guise of national security. They were packed into trains and busses and moved from their West Coast homes to temporary holding stations at fairgrounds and racing tracks, and then on to permanent camps in remote parts of Idaho, California, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, and Arkansas. Though several cases challenging the legality of this imprisonment made it all the way to the Supreme Court, only a single ruling favored the Japanese American petitioners.

It might come as a surprise, then, that ...

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