Preserving Overlooked History: Making a Case for the Inscription of the World War II Japanese-American Internment Camps on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Historic Preservation
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Historic Preservation
Includes bibliographical references (p.89-95).
The internment of Japanese-Americans during the second World War is a significant yet oft overlooked chapter of United States history. The internment camps are the American counterpart to the German concentration camps and deserve similar recognition and protection as hallowed ground which has witnessed a part of the national and international struggle for human rights. This thesis proposes inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, one of the foremost honors which can be given a heritage site, as an appropriate means of preserving and distinguishing the sites associated with internment. This thesis assesses the outstanding universal value of the internment camps, evaluates the World Heritage List requirements, examines the listing process, identifies an appropriate camp for nomination and analyzes the possible impacts of World Heritage status on the internment camps.
CHAIR: Pinkerton, Connie
PDF : 97 p. : ill
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