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We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

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    We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

    2020 Hardcover. Very gently used, in very good condition.


    We Are Not Free is a powerful, emotionally gripping book based on historical events, taking readers back to World War II, when over 100,000 people of Japanese heritage were incarcerated by the U.S. government.

    Traci Chee captures the experience of the Japanese American community from the early months of 1942 through early 1945. She tells the story through the perspectives of fourteen young Japanese Americans who are taken from Japan- town in San Francisco, first to a temporary deten- tion center, then on to two separate camps, Topaz in Utah, and later, Tule Lake in Northern California, where Japanese Americans were sent if they were deemed disloyal.

    The different voices represented by this tight-knit group of friends, and the way their relationships evolve over time, connect in a compelling narrative. Some of the relationships are tested by their families’ differing political views and by distance as families are sent to Tule Lake and some of the young men go off to war to prove their patriotism.




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