From 1942 to 1945 secret government trains delivered American civilians to an internment camp in Crystal City, 110 miles southwest of San Antonio. The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children, the vast majority of whom were deeply loyal to the United States, had never been charged with a crime, and were unable to understand why they had been forced to leave their homes. This year’s Gulf Coast Reads selection, Jan Jarboe Russell’s The Train to Crystal City, documents heart wrenching stories about these families, caught up in the exigencies of war.
It is easy to come away from the book outraged at the Roosevelt administration and other officials’ involvement in such egregious violations of people’s civil rights. Lone Star College History professor, Dr. Steven Prewitt, in a lecture here in the library on Thursday, October 20th, will explore the fundamental question this study invites us to consider: What is an appropriate balance between liberty and security?
That’s Thursday, October 20th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room, Room L-129.