I Am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment

I Am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment

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by Jerry Stanley
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 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)

Editorial Reviews

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 - 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517597866
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/16/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.41(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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