THE LITTLE-KNOWN HEROES: FRANK EMI by Kaushay and Spencer Ford (Book Review #1219)


THE LITTLE-KNOWN HEROES: FRANK EMI is a story about a young Japanese American man having to move out of the country after taking over his father’s market business and running it for years. Frank and his family move into an internment camp and fight for their rights to stay in the country.

They face many injustices and cruel and disheartening treatments as they attempt to maintain hope for a future they are uncertain of.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Should an American citizen have been forced to fight for freedom and democracy abroad when denied those rights in his own country? Frank Emi (1916–2010) was the one of the leaders of a resistance movement who dared question the legality of drafting Japanese American men, already incarcerated in remotely located concentration camps, into the U.S. Army during World War II. Convicted of conspiracy to violate the Selective Service Act, Emi served eighteen months in a federal penitentiary and the rest of his life defending his stance.

It was really nice to meet Frank and to hear his story. I believe everyone has a right to fight for their constitutional rights. There is a lot to learn from this book. The message was clear. The illustrations were to the point and the concept was understood.

I recommend this book to those who wish to know the story of Frank Emi.

 Written by Jeyran Main

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