Farewell to Manzanar Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book is about a young girl and her childhood views of the internment camp that she and her family were sent to during world war two. At about the age of seven Jeanne joined about 10,000 other people at Manzanar. All of which were Japanese-Americans who the government felt were a threat to America. Even worse her father and many other Issie men were taken to Fort Lincoln, ND, and most didn't return until at least a year later. The story is about her struggles, her up's and down's with family and making friends.
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During WWII, tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans were ordered to move to internment camps around the country, bringing with them only what they could carry. Farewell to Manzanar is the story of one of those camps, told by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston through the eyes of the child she was at that time. The book's strength is in the details - the living arrangements, the activities, the mess hall - and in the human stories that took place in Manzanar. Jeanne talks about the effects internment had on her family, including her father, who was imprisoned at a separate, harsher camp for much of the war. Houston also discusses the events that led up to the internment order, including the attitudes of the American people, and her experiences immediately after her family was released. This is one of the most simple and most moving testimonials about the Japanese-American internment camps.
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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Japanese    -   American (general) If this is a culture clash:    -   minority culture living in majority area Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Which institution    -   prison camp Life in an institution    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Ethnicity    -   Japanese Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Desert?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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