- We must acknowledge the way a climate of fear enabled the US government to incarcerate its own citizens
- Germans, Italians were arrested after Pearl Harbor, but Americans' fear of "persons of Japanese ancestry" was worst
Daniel Greene is adjunct professor of history at Northwestern University. The opinions in this article belong to the author
(CNN)Seventy-five years ago today, hundreds of Japanese bombers attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. America's shock, and its grief for the more than 2,000 US military dead on this date of "infamy" led to overwhelming unity of purpose as we entered a world war.