Farewell to Manzanar

Why are the housing arrangements especially difficult for young married couples? How do Jeanne’s sister and her husband solve the problem?8


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Young married couples were housed with strangers. Jeanne's sister and her husband eventually solved the problem by leaving for Idaho to harvest sugar beets.

Our two rooms were crowded, but at least it was all in the family. My oldest sister and her husband were shoved into one of those sixteen-by-twenty-foot compartments with six people they had never seen before— two other couples, one recently married like themselves, the other with two teenage boys.

Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki; Houston, James D.. Farewell to Manzanar (p. 21). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.