This week marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing at Pearl Harbor. On February 19th, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order No. 9066, which gave the United States military the power to remove and relocate 120,000 Japanese-Americans, most of whom were citizens of the United States. Their imprisonment had nothing to do with crimes committed or laws broken, but was simply a result of their Japanese ancestry. Japanese internment camps were set up throughout much of the western United States. One of those locations was Heart Mountain.
Click the book cover on the right to download The Light on Heart Mountain for free, December 5th-9th.
The Light on Heart Mountain will soon be available in paperback. Stay tuned for a free book promotion from Kindle Direct Publishing too!
For twelve-year old Elwood Evans, the bombing of Pearl Harbor is a day he’ll never forget. His older brother, Benjamin, was killed in the attack. Several months later, just as his life is getting back to normal, Elwood learns of a Japanese internment camp located at Heart Mountain, about fifteen miles from his home in Cody, Wyoming. He and his best friend, Skeeter Hill, decide to investigate, convincing themselves that even President Roosevelt needs their help. But for Elwood, the journey to Heart Mountain turns into a deeply personal mission as sharp, jagged words, like hatred and revenge, take over his mind. He realizes that the only way to deal with his rising resentment is to go to Heart Mountain by himself and do something about it, but the long solitary walk is not without its challenges and unexpected surprises. The Light on Heart Mountain portrays the ugliness of racism and one boy’s struggle to rise above it.
(My goal is to have The Light on Heart Mountain available on Kindle by March 1st, 2015.)