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Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience

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An Important Classic in Heyday's California

In the wake of wartime panic that followed the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, more than 100,000 Japanese Americans residing along the West Coast of the United States were uprooted from their homes and their communities and banished to internment camps throughout the country.

Through personal documents, art, and propaganda, Only

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Paperback, 480 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Heyday
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Kim
This is one of my favorite kinds of history books- it's basically a book of primary sources with some short context/explanatory essays. It includes oral histories, poetry, artwork, official documents, diaries and excerpts from memoirs of people who were affected by the Japanese Internment during World War II. Most of the material is from Japanese Americans, but there are accounts from people who worked in the camps, from people who were not Japanese, but were also arrested or interned, and from ...more
Lisa
Of all the books that I have read concerning the internment of Japanese Americans this is the best and if you only have time to read one this should be it. Includes diary entries, personal essays, newspaper & magazine article reprints, reprints of cartons from this time, transcripts of speeches given by FDR & Eleanor Roosevelt.
Rebeka
Only What We Could Carry is a collection of writings documenting the lives of the Japanese Issei (first generation immigrants), Nisei (second generation, American born), and Kibei (American born but educated in Japan). It includes short stories, memoirs, poetry, art, historical documents, letters, etc. Each piece of writing or art communicates to the audience the suffrage of people of Japanese descent during World War II. The book speaks of the internment experience and how it changed the lives ...more
JLib
Though I understand why it was needed, the technical parts of this book (official government documents, technical jargon) kind of 'killed my buzz', for lack of better wording. I found myself skipping through to the actual diary entries which I found much more intriguing and helped to paint a better picture of that time.
Crystal gordon
As a result of wartime panic that followed the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor more than 100,000 Japanese Americans residing along the West Coast of the United States were moved from their homes and their communities and sent away to internment camps throughout the country.

Through personal documents, art, and propaganda, Only What We Could Carry expresses through words, art, and unforgettable stories, the fear, confusion and anger of the camp experience. The only collection of stories of its kin
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Ted Chen
Nice collection of essays from former internees in Japanese Internment camps. Also includes essays from people who were not interned, but had contact with the camps. Good for any other history nerds out there.
Chris Antonsen
This is a great collection of (reprinted) primary materials concerning 1940s American policies imprisoning Japanese and Japanese-Americans on American soil.
Alan
I collect books on Japanese internment. This one is OK, not a stand out for me.
Shawna
Very interesting nonfiction collection on the Japanese Internment Experience.
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no veteran should go without reading this one
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