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Born Free and Equal Paperback – January 30, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Spotted Dog Pr Inc (January 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893343065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893343061
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984) was the most honored American photographer of the twentieth century. Through his exhibitions and publication of his work, his writings, and his leadership in the Sierra Club, Adams was also a prescient and highly effective voice in the fight to preserve America's remaining wilderness.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Finally, I was able to pick up a copy of this long-awaited book. The original is extremely expensive to pick up, and with the additional introductory information, this is an improvement. A fascinating read, fantastic print quality... A must have!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Born Free And Equal: The Story Of Loyal Japanese Americans is an impressive combination of historic photographs and writings about the Japanese-Americans who were imprisoned in Manzanar, one of ten such relocation camps, as a result of wartime fears regarding possible sabotage by members of the Japanese and Nisei (American-born men and women of Japanese ancestry) living along the American west coast. During the era of World War II, virtually all the American people of Japanese descent in the states of California, Oregon and Washington (most of them citizens), were interned in relocation camps scattered through the Midwest. Born Free And Equal captures memories of this prison community and how the families in it lived in broad, sweeping, black-and-white photographs. Born Free And Equal is a powerful, highly recommended, historically factual book, accurately capturing with poetic realism a dark and controversial aspect of America's WW II effort, which, along with such horrors as the European Holocaust and the Japanese atrocities in the Far East, must never be forgotten.
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By Wendy on November 1, 2013
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Full disclosure: I am a huge Ansel Adams fan. I also have a good library of books on Japanese internment & this books shares top billing with one other as my fave. Ansel Adams is as good at capturing emotion and journalistic stories with his camera as he is at capturing Nature at its best. Adams' text is supplemented by contributions from 5 other writers, most with personal ties to the period of the Japanese internment era. Together they weave an interesting & thought provoking portrayal of this time in history. Adams (unanswered) questions & editorial comments give us pause for consideration throughout the book. He expands these Manzanar observations to a broader socio-economic level when it comes to America's racial approaches in a more general sense. A good read. A good coffee table book (not in the sense of a pretty picture book, because it is not that in any sense). A good conversation starter. Good reference material.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley A. Greer on March 2, 2008
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ANSEL ADAMS WAS THE BEST. I DRIVE PAST MANZANAR EVERY FEW WEEKS AND, WONDER HOW THEY SURVIVED OUT THERE. A FEELING OF INJUSTICE, OVERWHELMS ME. HOW SAD THAT THE NATION CAME TO THE POINT OF INCARCERATION FOR, BEING OF JAPANESE HERITAGE. I AGREE WITH ABE LINCOLN IN THE LETTER THAT HE WROTE TO JOSHUA SPEED THAT SAYS,"WHEN IT COMES TO THIS, (FREEDOM)I SHALL PREFFER EMIGRATING TO SOME COUNTRY WHERE THEY MAKE NO PRETENSE OF LOVING LIBERTY... WHERE DESPOTISM CAN BE TAKEN PURE, AND WITHOUT THE BASE OF ALLOY OF HIPOCRACY. READ PAGE 9 IN THE BOOK!!!
IT IS A VALUABLE PIECE OF OUR HISTORY. THANK YOU ANSEL ADAMS. HE IS GONE NOW BUT, THIS WILL LIVE ON AS HIS RECORD OF, UNITED STATES HISTORY.

SHIRLEY GREER
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By Filmmaster 6 on July 7, 2013
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This is a great book about an area of American history that has been hidden from the public for years. After you read this book you will have a better understanding about today's immigrant discrimination policies . These policies represent a dirty little secret that is a part of the American dream. This book and others like it should be required reading for every high school student and student who studies American History, it should also be in every law library in the United States. It just might lead to some reasonable legislation in the area of immigrant law.
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