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By F. G. Notehelfer

The booklet unearths how a guy so that it will being a misfit within the usa turned the heroic American samurai." It discusses Janes as one of many few Westerners allowed to stay within the inside and because the "father" of the Kumamoto Band, which turned the dominant wing of eastern Protestantism and an important modernizing force.

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1 By the 1850s the United States Military Academy was in the midst of its Golden Age. Established some sixty years earlier to train officers for the Army, West Point had matured into an accomplished institution of higher learning, offering not only a thorough military education, but a sound academic program. "3 The Academy not only had grown intellectually, it had also expanded physically. The half-dozen ramshackle buildings that once squatted on the plain beneath the distant hulk of the Revolutionary War bastion, Fort Putnam, had given way by the mid-1850s to a series of solid Tudor structures that now spread over much of the plateau.

Leroy had been sent away to Albany at the wishes of his father, and the academy simply extended to the broader public sphere the struggle which had begun at home over the authoritarian demands of the father and the "enlightened but natural" sentiments of the mother. To what degree the adolescent Janes pursued his dreams of Napoleon and Washington with more concrete images of a future military career remains silently concealed between the lines of his autobiographical notes. It is clear, however, that he was not prepared to pursue the clerical hopes his father entertained for him, and that the Colonel was not prepared to support his son's military dreams.

On the one hand, it now became obvious that he was to be caught between the diverging religious patterns of the home. On the other, there was the changing nature of the home itself. Janes was to refer to his sister's death as his "first grief," and he later wrote of the experience poignantly in a letter to his students in Japan: Only a little way from where I write, one day in June when I was a very small boy, the dead body of my little sister was carried out and rested a moment under the locusts, while friends covered it with flowers.

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