The detention of Japanese Americans during WWII was a low moment in U.S. history and a blot on FDR’s record. But we can and should learn from our mistakes.
Kermit Roosevelt III is the great-great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of Allegiance (Regan Arts, 2015), the critically acclaimed legal thriller. Born in Washington, DC, he attended Harvard University and Yale Law School. Before joining the Penn faculty, he clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Stephen F. Williams and Supreme Court Justice David Souter and practiced law in Chicago. His experiences clerking and practicing law informed his first novel, the national campus bestseller In the Shadow of the Law (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), which won the Philadelphia Athenaeum Annual Literary Award, and was selected as the New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection and the Christian Science Monitor’s Best Book of the Year.