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Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

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Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

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At a Glance

  • On December 7, 1941, Japanese forces attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which led the United States to declare war on Japan.
  • On February 19, 1942, as a wartime measure, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945) issued Executive Order 9066. The order mandated the internment of some 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry, the majority of whom were American citizens.
  • The internees were held until after Japan's surrender on August 14, 1945.
  • Jeanne Wakatsuki (b. 1934) was seven years old in 1942, when she and her family were sent to the internment camp at Manzanar, California. She was an American citizen by birth.
  • In 1973 Wakatsuki and her husband, writer James D. Houston (1933–2009), collected and published Jeanne's memories of her life in the camp. Writing the account helped her come to terms with her experience and also spread awareness of Japanese internment and life in the camps.
  • The book was adapted into an Emmy-nominated television movie in 1976.
  • Today, Farewell to Manzanar is widely taught in high school and college. It provides a valuable and relatable insight into the injustice of internment, the harshness of camp life, and the wider context in which internment took place.


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