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Farewell to Manzanar Farewell to Manzanar was written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D Houston Wakatsukis husband in 1973 It is an autobiography of Jeanne Wakatsuki Houstons life and her family during World War II The book opens when Pearl Harbor is bombed Jeanne was only seven years old at that time and is force to leave behind the life she as known up that point The family is moved to Manzanar where the government has set up internment camps for Japanese-American who they fear will not be loyal to America Jeanne sees the act of government first-hand has her father is sent away to North Dakota to an enemy alien prison and does not return for several months Being so young Jeanne is blinded at the true reality of what is really going on She finds excitement in what she saw as a voyage Yet when arriving to the camp she is placed into an unbelievable reality The first year at camp is difficult the living conditions tension between families and riots have tainted the people within However as time goes by the people seem to become accustom to life side the camp Manzanar begins to feel and look at like a community Jeanne attends school so that she well not fall behind when it is time to return to the outside Years later when it is time to leave many seem to be confused about the idea Papa Jeannes father decides to wait until the government forces him out Many Japanese headed eastward some were brave enough to head back to the west cost There are many important people in this book With Jeanne we see the effect of the interment camps by someone who grows up within them Through Papa we see a person who looses himself and becoming a broken man We also have Woody one of Jeannes older brother who demonstrate the true meaning of loyalty Like Woody
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