Sarah Simms

Sarah Simms is the Undergraduate and Student Success librarian at Louisiana State University.  Before entering academic librarianship, Sarah worked in the antiquarian book trade in New York City.  Her interest in history, culture, and social justice advocacy has fueled her research into Japanese American internment during World War II. She is currently doing grant-funded research investigating Camp Livingston, LA as a little-known site of Japanese American internment. She can be reached at  

Updated September 2017

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Louisiana’s Camp Livingston and Internment: A Hidden History

Ask any Louisianan about the internment that occurred in the state during World War II and you will most likely hear tales of the German POWs held in various areas across Louisiana. However, most are unaware of the internment of Japanese aliens at Camp Livingston, twelve miles outside of Alexandria, Louisiana. Literature abounds on the experiences of those held in War Relocation Authority (WRA) camps yet information of those men in alien detention facilities is much sparser.

We too were unaware of this piece of Louisiana history. Our journey began with a chance reading of an article on Muslim American ...

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