internment

The Train to Crystal City: This year's Gulf Coast Reads selection

Did you know that from 1942 to 1945 secret government trains regularly 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, were never charged with a crime, and were unable to understand why they had been forced to leave their homes. Jan Jarboe Russell, a writer at large for Texas Monthly and other publications has written a gripping record of the World War II Crystal City, and it has been chosen as the Gulf Coast Reads selection for this year.

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