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"After 9/11 they were saying, Take all these Arab Americans and put them in camps." (Norman Mineta)

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Published on Apr 24, 2012

Norman Mineta was incarcerated as a child at the Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming. He was later elected to Congress, and served as Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush. In this interview, he describes a meeting of the U.S. Cabinet and Congressional leaders the day after the terrorist acts on September 11, 2001.

This clip is an excerpt from Norman Mineta's oral history interview conducted July 4, 2008 (denshovh-mnorman-01-0010). To see the complete interview, visit the Densho Digital Archive (http://www.densho.org/archive).

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