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  • Breed, Clara, “Americans with the Wrong Ancestors,” Horn Book Magazine, July 1943.

  • Daniels, Roger, Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II, New York, 2004.

  • Estes, Donald H., and Estes, Matthew T., “Further and Further Away: The Relocation of San Diego’s Nikkei Community,” Journal of San Diego History, Spring 1993.

  • Hirasaki, Tetsuzo, letters, gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada, Japanese American National Museum. (93.75.31G)(93.75.3EL)(93.75.31FK).

  • Oppenheim, Joanne, “Dear Miss Breed” True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference, Singapore, 2006.

  • Tunnell, Michael O., and Chilcoat, George W., Children of Topaz, New York, 1996.

  • Interviews: Joanne Oppenheim, Joe Yamada, Lynn Eller.

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Twister Sept. 2, 2012 @ 6:20 p.m.

Thanks, Jeff, for highlighting Clara Breed's contributions to peace and sanity in the midst of their opposites. (Note to Reader: You've got some exceptional writers working for you--please don't let them get away. And toss them a bone now and then, okay?)

Soon after I came to San Diego (1968), I called the City Librarian, and Clara Breed answered the phone. Whatta gal! I wanted to tell her about a book that had been written, typeset and bound by the author(s) (Beverly and) Henry Mockel. It included Henry's serigraphs, and an introductory essay on art that is tops. Breed was very kind and receptive, and the last time I checked, it had not been tossed by her successors. So CHECK IT OUT, so they won't sell it or "recycle" it. "Hot Air From the Desert" is the title.

Some ambitious historian should similarly publicize the work of other notable (and plain good) writers from the region . . . Milicent Lee, Judy van der Veer, and LoVerne Brown leap to mind as exceptionally good. And I suspect that they were all friends of Clara's.


Jay Allen Sanford Sept. 2, 2012 @ 8:48 p.m.

Every time I think Jeff Smith can't top himself with his historical articles, he proves me wrong - bravo on another riveting writeup! I look forward to the next -


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