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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\"></div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:Suitcase Sefton and the American Dream;\nCreators:Jay Feldman;\nInterestLevel:Grades 7-8; Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:Everlasting love; Family – blessing or curse; Importance of community; Injustice;\nGenre:Historical Fiction;\nPoV:Mostly told from perspective of white baseball scout;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:;\nChronology:1942–46;\nFacility:;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Suitcase Sefton and the American Dream</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Jay Feldman</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Triumph Books</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2006</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">240</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">WorldCat Link</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/suitcase-sefton-and-the-american-dream-a-novel/oclc/61461910\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://www.worldcat.org/title/suitcase-sefton-and-the-american-dream-a-novel/oclc/61461910</a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:Suitcase Sefton and the American Dream;\nAuthor:Jay Feldman;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Triumph Books;\nPubDate:2006;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:240;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"https://www.worldcat.org/title/suitcase-sefton-and-the-american-dream-a-novel/oclc/61461910\" rel=\"nofollow\">https://www.worldcat.org/title/suitcase-sefton-and-the-american-dream-a-novel/oclc/61461910</a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Novel by Jay Feldman about a New York Yankees scout who discovers a hot <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a> pitching prospect in an American concentration camp during World War II.\n</p><p>Protagonist Mac \"Suitcase\" Sefton is a scout for the New York Yankees in the early days of World War II. A former player, he had been on the brink of being called up to the major leagues when a farming accident in his Oklahoma hometown resulted in his losing a leg. Offered a job as a scout by a former teammate, he's spent the last decade on the road searching out prospects. While chasing after a prospect in Arizona, he stumbles onto an unspecified Japanese American concentration camp, where he spots a pitcher with big league potential. Finagling his way into the camp, he is shocked when the pitcher, a Nisei named Jerry Yamada, doesn't seem interested in signing with the Yankees. But as he gets to know Yamada, his family, and his teammates, Sefton begins to understand Jerry's reasons, and, unexpectedly, finds a feeling of community—and even love—among the incarcerated Japanese Americans that had been lacking in his itinerant life.\n</p><p>Author Jay Feldman (1943– ) has written extensively on baseball history for <i>Sports Illustrated</i> and other publications. <i>Suitcase Sefton</i>, his first novel, was inspired in part by an earlier article he did on Japanese American baseball in the concentration camps for <i>Whole Earth Review</i> titled \"Baseball Behind Barbed Wire\" in 1990, A native of Brooklyn, Feldman also wrote a musical play on the life of \"Mad Bomber\" George Metesky set in the 1930s to 1950s that was produced in 2012. Among his prior non-fiction books are <i>Hitting: An Official Major League Baseball Book</i> (an instructional book, 1991), <i>When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes</i> (2005) and <i>Manufacturing Hysteria: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America</i> (2011).\n</p><p><i>Suitcase Sefton</i> contains a number of errors or implausibilities in its portrayal of the concentration camps. As is the case with many fictional depictions of life in the camps, conditions are made worse then they really were. Armed soldiers are described as patrolling the camp (pages 19, 98–99), and one clubs an inmate over the head during a protest over food (25–26). But outside of martial law situations at <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Manzanar\" title=\"Manzanar\">Manzanar</a> and <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Tule_Lake\" title=\"Tule Lake\">Tule Lake</a>, soldiers were limited to guarding the perimeters of <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/War_Relocation_Authority\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">War Relocation Authority</a> administered camps and did not venture inside the gates. Two characters are put in the stockade for stealing fence posts (161); however only post-segregation Tule Lake had a stockade. Another character, in recalling life in a prior \"<a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Assembly_centers\" title=\"Assembly centers\">assembly center</a>,\" claimed that they \"had to wash in horse troughs\" (97). The timing of some depicted events are also off. The director of the Arizona camp tells Sefton that they \"didn't start getting the camp ready until just after Pearl Harbor\" (92); in reality, the sites for the WRA camps weren't even selected until several months later and work on them didn't commence until the spring of 1942. Later, those who answered \"no-no\" on the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Loyalty_questionnaire\" title=\"Loyalty questionnaire\">loyalty questionnaire</a> are depicted as being transferred to Tule Lake immediately afterwards (201–03); it actually the took the WRA several weeks to figure out what to do with the \"no-nos,\" and the transfer to Tule Lake didn't begin place until the late summer of 1943. A character also claims that \"all Japanese-Americans in California, Oregon, and Washington were sent away\" (98); however, Japanese Americans in the eastern halves of Oregon and Washington were allowed to remain in place.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<p>Might also like: <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Heart_Mountain_(book)\" title=\"Heart Mountain (book)\">Heart Mountain</a></i> by Gretel Ehrlich; <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Bridge_of_Scarlet_Leaves_(book)\" title=\"Bridge of Scarlet Leaves (book)\">Bridge of Scarlet Leaves</a></i> by Kristina McMorris; <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/What_the_Scarecrow_Said_(book)\" title=\"What the Scarecrow Said (book)\">What the Scarecrow Said</a></i> by Stuart David Ikeda\n</p>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>Publisher's website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.triumphbooks.com/suitcase-sefton-and-the-american-dream-products-9781572438125.php\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.triumphbooks.com/suitcase-sefton-and-the-american-dream-products-9781572438125.php</a>.\n</p><p>Author website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.jfeldman.com/suitcase.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.jfeldman.com/suitcase.html</a>.\n</p>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.096 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.102 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 302/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2095/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 5494/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1273/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 3/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:4004-0!*!0!*!*!5!* and timestamp 20180201183918 and revision id 27496\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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