978-0-7734-6149-9 / 9780773461499

The Schooling of Japanese American Children at Relocation Centers During World War II: Miss Mabel Jamison And Her Teaching Of Art At Rohwer, Arkansas (Studies in American History)


Publisher:Edwin Mellen Pr



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The general story of education of Japanese Americans imprisoned in camps in this country during World War II has long been known. Little has been written, however, about the individual teachers who agreed to live and work with the students in the camps during the period of incarceration. The story of "Miss Jamison" and the education program in the prison camps at Rohwer and Jerome in Arkansas provides a fresh new view of a Caucasian teacher who came to work with a "strange" group of students, but who was herself educated in the process. Through evidence from Jamison's papers, contemporary documents, historical accounts, interviews with survivors and even from the students' art work Miss Jamison preserved, Ziegler creates a perceptive account of the wartime ordeal of the more than 110,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them American citizens, from a unique point of view. This book is a moving and significant expansion of our knowledge of the human dimensions of a wartime tragedy, ranking with Thomas James's Exile Within and Karen L. Riley's Schools Behind Barbed Wire in the top tier of books on camp education. As far as the literature pertaining to the Arkansas camps in general, Ziegler's book is in a class by itself. "Provides us with a new and fresh view of an American concentration camp, the view of a teacher who was herself educated by the experience."

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