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We Are Not Free - Resource Guide

This guide list sources related to the historical context of Traci Chee's book We Are Not Free.


Here are some selected resources related to Japanese Internment a.k.a. "Relocation" , and the time period.  This is not a complete listing!

The Japanese Internment Camps : A History Perspectives Book Cover Image          Democratizing the Enemy : The Japanese American Internment Cover Image         Internment : Japanese Americans in World War II Cover Image



National Archives

Includes background and links to 20 related document



Life Magazine article   “How To Tell Japs From The Chinese” - mentioned in the book

National Park Service 


Japantown, San Francisco - Current website

1943 - U.S. government-produced film "Japanese Relocation" addresses relocation camps

1988 - President Reagan signs the Japanese-American Internment Compensation Bill signing on August 10, 1988


About the book and Traci Chee

Bush, Elizabeth. "We Are Not Free by Traci Chee (review)." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 74, no. 1 (Sep 2020): 10.

Carton, Debbie. "We Are Not Free." The Booklist 116, no. 15 (2020 Apr 01): 76.

Chee, Traci. "We Are Not Free." New York Times Book Review, 2020 Oct 18, 26.

"We Are Not Free." Kirkus Reviews LXXXVIII, no. 14 (2020 Jul 15).


Traci Chee, 2020 YPL National Book Award Finalist, reads from We Are Not Free -  

We Are Not Free - Research Stories #1 - Best Story Behind a Photograph

We Are Not Free - Research Stories #2 - Most Striking Moment from an Interview

We Are Not Free - Research Stories #3 - Most Memorable Travel Experience

We Are Not Free - Research Stories #4 - Best Surprise from a Primary Source

We Are Not Free - Research Stories #5 - Best Found Object



Bibliographies, Citations, Footnotes and Notecards


Here is an example bibliography with sources included in this guide.

Why we cite sources:

  1. Gives credit (or blame) to another author - their "intellectual property", and avoid plagerism
  2. Supports your research by demonstrating the credibility of the content that you consulted to support your thesis.
  3. Allows the reader of your work to dig deeper into the sources that you have selected.


  • MLA (version #) - used by English Department - in-text citations
  • CHICAGO  (version #) - used by the Social Studies Department - footnotes


  • Explains how/why you may be using a resource in your project.
  • Reviews the author's credentials
  • Overviews the resource


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