October 8, 2014

Henry Miyatake was a high school student during World War II. In this clip, he describes an essay he wrote for a high school civics class at Minidoka titled “American Democracy and What It Means to Me.” His teacher would not accept the essay unless Henry rewrote it, which he refused to do. This resulted in a failing grade and he was unable to graduate from high school in camp.
Henry Miyatake’s full interview is available in the Densho Digital Archive. 

View the Archive Spotlight interview excerpt