Perseverance and Prejudice: Maintaining Community in Amache, Colorado’s World War II Japanese Internment Camp

Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA, volume 1)


The Granada Relocation Center, otherwise known as Amache, located in southeastern Colorado, was one of ten camps in which those of Japanese ancestry were interned from 1942 to 1945. The analysis of archaeological material, archival documents, and oral histories from Amache demonstrates the effects of internment on community and family structure. Regulations imposed by the War Relocation Authority had the potential to greatly disrupt family and community dynamics. Nevertheless, Japanese families developed multiple ways to mitigate these effects and ultimately create successful communities within the camp.


Oral History Parental Authority Residential Block Japanese Ancestry Internment Camp 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dana Ogo Shew
    • 1
  • April Elizabeth Kamp-Whittaker
    • 2
  1. 1.Anthropological Studies CenterSonoma State UniversityCaliforniaUSA
  2. 2.Independent researcherCedar RapidsUSA

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