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    "body": "<br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\">\n</div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n <div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:A Fence Away From Freedom: Japanese-Americans and World War II;\nCreators:Ellen Levine;\nInterestLevel:Grades 7-8; Grades 9-12;\nReadingLevel:Grades 7-8;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:970L;\nTheme:Displacement; Evils of racism; Injustice; Patriotism – positive side or complications; Power of the past;\nGenre:Young Adult; History;\nPoV:Told through excerpts from interviews with Nisei;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:;\nChronology:1940s; 1980s;\nFacility:;\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n <p>\n  Title:A Fence Away from Freedom: Japanese Americans and World War II;\nAuthor:Ellen Levine;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:G. P. Putnam's Sons;\nPubDate:1995;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:260;\nAwards:Carter G. Woodson Book Award: Secondary, 1996;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:\n  <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/fence-away-from-freedom-japanese-americans-and-world-war-ii/oclc/32312014\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n   https://www.worldcat.org/title/fence-away-from-freedom-japanese-americans-and-world-war-ii/oclc/32312014\n  </a>\n  ;\n </p>\n</div>\n<p>\n Book for young adults that tells the story of the wartime removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans through the oral history voices of those who were children and young adults at the time.\n</p>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"Synopsis\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Synopsis\">\n   Synopsis\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   <i>\n    A Fence Away From Freedom\n   </i>\n   is divided into ten chapters, along with introductory materials and an epilogue. Each chapter is devoted to a specific topic and features short excerpts from relevant interviews, combined with explanatory material by the author. While many chapters cover standard aspects of the story, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to life in the camps to the story of Nisei soldiers, Levine also focuses on some less well-known stories. These include short chapters devoted to the\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Manzanar_Children%27s_Village\" title=\"Manzanar Children's Village\">\n    Manzanar Children's Village\n   </a>\n   , an orphanage in\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Manzanar\" title=\"Manzanar\">\n    Manzanar\n   </a>\n   , featuring accounts by a women who was briefly held there and by a former staff person, and one on\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Japanese_Latin_Americans\" title=\"Japanese Latin Americans\">\n    Japanese Peruvian\n   </a>\n   inmates, featuring interviews with five people who were brought to U.S. concentration camps with their families as children from Peru. A lengthy chapter on resistance features the story of\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Draft_resistance\" title=\"Draft resistance\">\n    draft resistance\n   </a>\n   ,\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Tule_Lake\" title=\"Tule Lake\">\n    Tule Lake\n   </a>\n   , and the renunciation of citizenship. The last chapter looks at the\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Redress_movement\" title=\"Redress movement\">\n    redress movement\n   </a>\n   and the various threads that led up to it, while the interviewees reflect on the legacy of the incarceration in the epilogue. Supplementary materials include a glossary, chronology, map of camp sites, short biographies of the interviewees, and brief bibliography. The book also includes a fourteen-page section with period photographs of most of the interviewees.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   The full list of interviewees: Amy Akiyama, Avey Diaz (a Mexican American married to a mixed race Nisei who accompanied her to Santa Anita), Nami Nakashima Diaz,\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Frank_Emi\" title=\"Frank Emi\">\n    Frank Emi\n   </a>\n   , Elsa Higashide, Amy Hiratzka, Sohei Hohri, Chieko Kato, Mits Koshiyama,\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Sue_Kunitomi_Embrey\" title=\"Sue Kunitomi Embrey\">\n    Sue Kunitomi\n   </a>\n   , Yosh Kuromiya, Libia Maoki, Mary Matsuno, Jim Matsuoka, Betty Morita, Tetsuko Morita, Dollie Nagai, Bert Nakano, Angie Nakashima, Joe Norikane, Mary Sakaguchi, Don Seki, Sumi Seo, Art Shibayama, Fusa Shibayama, Lillian Sugita, Mac Sumimoto, Ben Tagami, Noburu Taguma, Yukio Tatsumi,\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Harry_Ueno\" title=\"Harry Ueno\">\n    Harry Ueno\n   </a>\n   , Ernest Uno, Kay Uno,\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Clifford_Uyeda\" title=\"Clifford Uyeda\">\n    Clifford Uyeda\n   </a>\n   , and Morgan Yamanaka. Many were well-known in the community at the time, whether as figures known for their resistance activities while in camp or for their redress movement activism.\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"section\" id=\"Additional_Information\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Additional_Information\">\n   Additional Information\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   Author Ellen Levine (1939–2012) had been a filmmaker and photographer who later became a public interest lawyer. Starting in her late forties, she began authoring books for young people, many of which focused on history and on civil rights related topics, with her best known book likely\n   <i>\n    Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories\n   </i>\n   (1993), which won the Jane Addams Peace Award.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   In the book's preface, Levine wrote that she was urged to write the\n   <i>\n    A Fence Away From Freedom\n   </i>\n   by friends who lived in Cody, Wyoming, near the site of the\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Heart_Mountain\" title=\"Heart Mountain\">\n    Heart Mountain\n   </a>\n   camp. She visited the site in 1992 and went on to interview many former inmates from the various concentration camps. While most ranged in age from six to the early twenties, she also interviewed some adults who were key historical figures in the camps, such as Harry Ueno (35 at the time of his incarceration) and Frank Emi (25). Interviews with thirty-five people are featured in the book.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   The book is well researched and contains only a few minor errors: famed journalist\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/James_Omura\" title=\"James Omura\">\n    James Omura\n   </a>\n   and his wife Caryl are referred to as brother and sister (page 31);\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Joe_Grant_Masaoka\" title=\"Joe Grant Masaoka\">\n    Joe Grant Masaoka\n   </a>\n   is described as a \"JACL lawyer\" (though he worked for the\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Japanese_American_Citizens_League\" title=\"Japanese American Citizens League\">\n    Japanese American Citizens League\n   </a>\n   , Masaoka was not a lawyer) (136); and the the\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/War_Relocation_Authority\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">\n    War Relocation Authority\n   </a>\n   is listed in a chart of acronyms as the \"War Relocation Administration\" (241).\n  </p>\n  <div id=\"authorByline\">\n   <b>\n    Authored by\n    <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">\n     Brian Niiya\n    </a>\n    , Densho\n   </b>\n  </div>\n  <div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n   Niiya, Brian\n  </div>\n  <p>\n   Might also like\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/The Invisible Thread (book)\" title=\"The Invisible Thread (book)\">\n     The Invisible Thread\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   by Yoshiko Uchida;\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference (book)\" title=\"Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference (book)\">\n     Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   by Joanne Oppenheim;\n   <i>\n    <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (book)\" title=\"Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (book)\">\n     Fred Korematsu Speaks Up\n    </a>\n   </i>\n   by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>",
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