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    "body": "<br/>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n <div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   RGMediaType:short stories;\nTitle:A Star Is Something to Steer By;\nCreators:Mataileen Larkin Ramsdell;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Coming of age; Convention and rebellion; Losing hope;\nGenre:Historical Fiction;\nPoV:told from perspective of white schoolteacher in camp;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:Yes;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:World War II-Concentration camps-Education [73]; Resistance and dissidence-Draft resistance [95];\nGeography:;\nChronology:1940s;\nFacility:Rohwer [9] - McGehee, Arkansas;\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Articles\" style=\"display:none;\">\n <p>\n  Author:Mataileen Larkin Ramsdell;\nTitle:A Star Is Something to Steer By;\nPubName:;\nPubDate:1946;\nPubDetails:;\nDOI:;\nWebsite:;\n </p>\n</div>\n<p>\n Short story by Mataileen Larkin Ramsdell about the contentious but affectionate relationship between a white high school teacher in\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Rohwer\" title=\"Rohwer\">\n  Rohwer\n </a>\n and an intelligent but cynical student. A young teacher from Wisconsin, Eve Erickson is immediately drawn to Joe Moriyama, the smallest boy in 11th grade homeroom class, who is constantly challenging her by pointing out the contradictions between the American creed and the treatment of Japanese Americans. In one instance, he tells her about a girl in her class who had her family farm registered in her name to get around the\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Alien_land_laws\" title=\"Alien land laws\">\n  alien land law\n </a>\n , but who now found herself the target of an\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Escheat_suits\" title=\"Escheat suits\">\n  escheat case\n </a>\n upon the death of her father. Over time Joe and Eve come to like and respect each other. When\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">\n  Nisei\n </a>\n are deemed eligible for the draft in 1944, Joe and other boys in her class are drafted, but he is uncharacteristically silent. He later comes to tell her that he is going to\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Draft_resistance\" title=\"Draft resistance\">\n  resist the draft\n </a>\n and go to prison. Eve is eventually able to convince him otherwise, and he goes on to join the\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/442nd_Regimental_Combat_Team\" title=\"442nd Regimental Combat Team\">\n  442nd Regimental Combat Team\n </a>\n . The story begins and ends with Joe's funeral back in Rohwer after his death in combat.\n</p>\n<p>\n Ramsdell, who had been a teacher and counselor at Rohwer, first published the story in the literary journal the\n <i>\n  Antioch Review\n </i>\n in 1946. Shortly after its publication,\n <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Bill_Hosokawa\" title=\"Bill Hosokawa\">\n  Bill Hosokawa\n </a>\n devoted one of his\n <i>\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"https://encyclopedia.densho.org/wiki/Pacific_Citizen_(newspaper)\" title=\"Pacific Citizen (newspaper)\">\n   Pacific Citizen\n  </a>\n </i>\n columns to the story, writing that \"Mrs. Ramsdell has caught one facet of center life with a degree of understanding rarely if ever excelled.\" The story was reprinted in the\n <i>\n  Gidra\n </i>\n , a Los Angeles Asian American newspaper, in 1971.\n <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n  <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n   [1]\n  </a>\n </sup>\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 <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/When the World Winds Down (short story)\" title=\"When the World Winds Down (short story)\">\n  When the World Winds Down\n </a>\n \" by Sharon Hashimoto; \"\n <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Some Lines for a Younger Brother... (short story)\" title=\"Some Lines for a Younger Brother... (short story)\">\n  Some Lines for a Younger Brother...\n </a>\n \" by Sue Kunitomi Embrey; \"\n <a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Changes (short story)\" title=\"Changes (short story)\">\n  Changes\n </a>\n \" by Marnie Mueller\n</p>\n",
    "moreinfo": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n   For More Information\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <p>\n   Ramsdell, Mataileen Larkin. \"A Star Is Something to Steer By.\"\n   <i>\n    Antioch Review\n   </i>\n   6.1 (Mar. 1946): 78-98. Reprinted in\n   <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://ddr.densho.org/ddr-densho-297-31/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    <i>\n     Gidra\n    </i>\n    , Nov. 1971\n   </a>\n   , 16–20.\n  </p>\n  <p>\n   Hosokawa, Bill. \"\n   <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://www.pacificcitizen.org/digitalarchives/assets/images/full/PCN_19460608_005.jpg\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n    From the Frying Pan: How Joe Moriyama Changed His Mind\n   </a>\n   .\"\n   <i>\n    Pacific Citizen\n   </i>\n   , June 8, 1946, 5.\n  </p>\n </div>\n</div>",
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    "footnotes": "<div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n <h2>\n  <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n   Footnotes\n  </span>\n </h2>\n <div class=\"section_content\">\n  <div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n   <ol class=\"references\">\n    <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n     <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n      <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n       ↑\n      </a>\n     </span>\n     <span class=\"reference-text\">\n      Allan W. Austin,\n      <i>\n       From Concentration Camps to Campus: Japanese American Students and World War II\n      </i>\n      (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004), 131, 133; Bill Hosokawa, \"How Joe Moriyama Changed His Mind,\"\n      <i>\n       Pacific Citizen\n      </i>\n      , June 8, 1946, 5, accessed on Jan. 12, 2018 at\n      <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://ddr.densho.org/ddr-pc-18-23/\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n       http://ddr.densho.org/ddr-pc-18-23/\n      </a>\n      .\n     </span>\n    </li>\n   </ol>\n  </div>\n  <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.104 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.108 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 276/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 1843/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 5096/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1182/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n  <!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:3554-0!*!0!!*!5!* and timestamp 20180309151452 and revision id 28671\n -->\n </div>\n</div>",
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