Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp

by Michael L. Cooper

What was it like for the Japanese Americans who were evacuated to relocation camps... read more

What was it like for the Japanese Americans who were evacuated to relocation camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941? Michael Cooper combines reminiscences from journals, letters, and personal interviews with people who lived at a single camp, Manzanar, in a desolate California desert. These accounts focus on the incredible adjustments that had to be made in the day-to-day routines of ordinary people, as well as the extraordinary coping mechanisms put into play through work, school, sports, and the arts. Archival photographs by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Toyo Miyatake (who, as an inmate, was allowed to set up the camera and compose the shot but could not push the button on the camera himself) accompany the narrative. (Ages 9-14)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003

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