Children of Manzanar

Children of Manzanar

by Heather C. Lindquist
     
 

Eleven tumultuous weeks after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, an act that authorized the U.S. Army to undertake the rapid removal of more than one hundred thousand Japanese and Japanese Americans from the West Coast. With only a few weeks (and sometimes only a few days) notice, families were forced to abandon their

Overview

Eleven tumultuous weeks after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, an act that authorized the U.S. Army to undertake the rapid removal of more than one hundred thousand Japanese and Japanese Americans from the West Coast. With only a few weeks (and sometimes only a few days) notice, families were forced to abandon their homes and, under military escort, be removed to remote and hastily erected compounds, such as Manzanar War Relocation Center in the California desert. Children of Manzanar captures the experiences of the nearly four thousand children and young adults held at Manzanar during World War II. Quotes from these children, most now in their eighties and nineties, are accompanied by photographs from both official and unofficial photographers, including Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Toyo Miyatake, himself an internee who for months secretly documented daily life inside the camp, and then openly for the remaining years Manzanar operated. These photos and remembrances—most of them archival treasures from Manzanar National Historic Site, and many appearing here in print for the first time—vividly record a barren world of guard towers, barbed wire fences, and tarpapered barracks, while also capturing the remarkable resilience of children, shown skipping rope, doing homework, and growing up. You will see fear and anxiety when you look into their eyes, but you will also see that indelible spark of joyous abandon unique to childhood. The year 2012 marks the seventieth anniversary of Executive Order 9066, and Children of Manzanar serves as a very personal view of this bleak chapter in American history, when Japanese bloodlines overshadowed American birthrights. It is a moving account of the battle between oppression and the strength of the human spirit. Copublished with the Manzanar History Association.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5�8—After the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Roosevelt authorized the incarceration of thousands of Japanese Americans. This extraordinary collection of photographs and personal recollections documents the experiences of children and teens at one of those relocation camps. Offering an intimate look at various facets of camp life, this account addresses the breakdown of the family unit; games and pastimes; schooling; major life events such as weddings, births, and funerals; and the Manzanar Children's Village, which housed orphans. Concise introductions to each section provide historical context, while most of the text is composed of quotes from those who lived in Manzanar as youths, telling their stories in their own words. Much of this material comes from the Manzanar National Historic Site's archives and oral-history collection, remarkably appearing in print for the first time. These brief memoirs are thoughtfully arranged alongside pictures, including images from renowned photographers Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, that offer a poignant view of young people making the best of a life in imprisonment. A touching epilogue introduces ongoing efforts to preserve Manzanar's history, and a thought-provoking appendix examines the complexities of the changing terminology used to describe the incarceration (e.g., "Relocation Center" versus "concentration camp"). This volume will strike a chord with readers who can relate to the stories of people their own age struggling to thrive in dire circumstances.—Allison Tran, Misson Viejo Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597141604
Publisher:
Heyday Books
Publication date:
04/15/2012
Pages:
146
Sales rank:
762,849
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Heather C. Lindquist grew up in the Pacific Northwest not far from the Bellevue blueberry fields that Japanese American families had to abandon when they were removed from the West Coast during World War II. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in American Studies, Lindquist discovered a love of exhibit planning and writing while serving as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Later applying this experience to developing interpretive exhibits for Manzanar National Historic Site and other National Park Service venues, Heather Lindquist collaborates with her husband, Mark Lindquist, in their media production and exhibit planning company, Harvest Moon Studio. She is a contributing author to Freedom in My Heart, edited by Cynthia Jacobs Carter and published by the U.S. National Slavery Museum in association with National Geographic. Lindquist lives in Los Angeles.

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