I Am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment

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Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Young Shi Nomura was among the 120,000 American citizens who lost everything when he was sent by the U.S. government to Manzanar, an interment camp in the California desert, simply because he was of Japanese ancestry. "In clear and fascinating prose, Stanley has set forth the compelling story of one of America's darkest times?the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. His meticulously researched volume is accompanied by numerous, fine period ...
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Overview

Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Young Shi Nomura was among the 120,000 American citizens who lost everything when he was sent by the U.S. government to Manzanar, an interment camp in the California desert, simply because he was of Japanese ancestry. "In clear and fascinating prose, Stanley has set forth the compelling story of one of America's darkest times—the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. His meticulously researched volume is accompanied by numerous, fine period black-and-white photographs...This eloquent account of the disastrous results of racial prejudice stands as a reminder to us in today's pluralistic society." —School Library Journal (starred)

From the author of the acclaimed Children of the Dust Bowl comes a moving and impassioned account of the experiences of a Japanese-American family interned by the U.S. government during WWII. Based on interviews and personal recollections, I Am an American is a moving, highly readable book that powerfully portrays a period in U.S. history through the lives of those who lived it. Features more than 40 period photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Stanley does an admirable job of distilling the intricate story of the Japanese in America during World War II," said PW, adding that the numerous period photos help make the volume a "haunting, at times heartrending chronicle." All ages. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Photojournalist Jerry Stanley proves for a second time that he has an amazing gift for revealing history through individual lives. In this book he focuses on the upheaval that high school senior, Shi Nomura, faces when on the brink of engagement, is forced to spend three years behind the barbed wire of Manznar Relocation Camp. The book is filled with emotionally provocative stories and photos that give a strong sense of what it felt like to live through this period of time. Horn Book Fanfare award. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-10-In clear and fascinating prose, Stanley has set forth the compelling story of one of America's darkest times- the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. He has based his account on the experiences of Shi Nomura, who was sent to Manzanar in the deserts of eastern California when he was a high school senior. But the author weaves in more than absorbing personal details; he places the camps in a broader historical context, from Japanese immigration and the resentment it aroused to outstanding Japanese American service in the war. His meticulously researched volume is accompanied by numerous, fine period black-and-white photographs, many by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams; and he makes judicious use of maps. This eloquent account of the disastrous results of racial prejudice stands as a reminder to us in today's pluralistic society.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517597866
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/16/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.41 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    Great lesson in history

    I am an American is a true account because it shows real people with real problems. This book falls under history because it talks about the Holocaust and the Japanese Internment. I am an American is about the Japanese and the way they were treated in the 1920¿s and 1930¿s. The book strengths are the way it draws you a picture so it¿s easier to understand. Another strength in I am an American is the way it tells you almost everything that the Japanese had to go through to survive during this time. To be honest I really did not find any weaknesses in I am an American. I would recommend I am an American to people who think there life is hard and terrible. My book shows what the Japanese went through. They were forced to move from place to place. Some were forced to live in the ghetto which was a neighborhood surrounded by barb wire. There were also some that were forced to go to a concentration camp, an often deadly camp. The main characters in I am an American are Shi and his family. He is also the narrator therefore the book is coming from his point of view. He went through some hard and stressful times but he overcame those things. I am an American will give you a good social studies lesson. When you go to learn about the Japanese and the Holocaust and you have already read this book, your teacher will be very proud that she will be like my social studies teacher and say, ¿your giving me goose bumps!¿ To be honest you even get them yourself. Check out this book to find out even more about Shi and his family during this hard time. Remember, I am an American is a great history lesson and fun true story.

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