Chapter

Camp Life

in Concentration Camps on the Home Front

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226354767
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226354774 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226354774.003.0005
Camp Life

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This chapter tells the story of Virgina Tidball, who became a teacher at a concentration camp in southern Arkansas after being laid off at the war's outset. She sold her horse to buy a train ticket to the camp, and she became a great friend to Japanese American inmates. Tidball never married and became a lifelong teacher. The chapter also discusses the dramatic changes in domestic and family life, gender and sexuality, that characterized eviction and incarceration for all Japanese Americans. They were an inescapable part of imprisonment and were to govern experience for over 120,000 people for years. Seemingly mundane activities of everyday life, undertaken without thinking by white middle-class families in a wealthy capitalist nation, became fraught with difficulty and uncertainty.

Keywords: Virgina Tidball; concentration camps; teachers; Japanese Americans; family

Chapter.  11421 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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