What problem did the family face as a result of the court ruling?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The end of the Farewell to Manzanardepicts life in the face of court decisions that sought to challenge the Constitutionality of internment during World War II.  One of the fundamental challenges that the family faced after the ruling that made clear that internment was unconstitutional was that the family's lives were fundamentally changed.  The Wakatsuki family cannot return to life as normal.  They are confronted with open hostility in the form of "No Japs" signs and overt racism.  The life they once knew is long gone and what is present is unknown and uncertain.

It is in this realm where the family's problems persist.  For her part, Jeanne faces challenges in her life with direct and indirect racism.  Jeanne has to wrestle with the racism that is overt and evident, and then the subtle racism that is present in interactions with American society because of her Japanese ancestry.  This becomes another one of the challenges that Jeanne and her family face as a result of the court ruling. The book makes clear that even if the Court is able to acknowledge what is true and right, the social damage had already been wrought as a result of American post- war hysteria that transformed so many lives into realms of so much pain and hurt.  It is in this where the lives of families like Jeanne's were destroyed and could not be effectively rebuilt after the court's ruling.

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