By F. G. Notehelfer
The publication unearths how a guy as a way to being a misfit within the usa turned the heroic American samurai." It discusses Janes as one of many few Westerners allowed to dwell within the inside and because the "father" of the Kumamoto Band, which turned the dominant wing of eastern Protestantism and an important modernizing force.
Originally released in 1985.
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Extra resources for American Samurai : Captain L.L. Janes and Japan
Even the mature Captain recalled the joy that tingled through him as he performed the ordinary chore of calling guests to dinner at her house with a large bell. "61 The warm joyousness that we see here is in distinct contrast to the increasingly cool and distant tones in which the family home is treated. The need for attention, for adult companionship, for usefulness, all these seem to have become accentuated in distinction to their loss at home. And if one reads such passages as the above from the inverse perspective of what they indicate to be transpiring on the family farm, we are made privy to a growing loneliness and isolation on the part of the youthful Janes.
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. Indeed, despite its militancy on the slavery question, Free Presbyterianism was decidedly pacifistic in oriehtation. "War is opposed to the spirit and principles of the Gospel," Joseph Gordon wrote in the Free Presbyterian. "It is everyone's duty to labor for the abolition of war and the war spirit," he insisted. " Moreover, Free Presbyterians objected 34 · BOYHOOD IN THE OHIO HILLS to the financial burdens that military expenditures placed on the people of all nations.
75 Al bany, situated in the southeastern corner of Ohio facing the West Virginia and Kentucky borders, was strategically located. Moreover, both Joseph Gordon and Janes' father cooperated in the Church's efforts to aid run away slaves. By 1853, in the wake of the Fugitive Slave Laws, their resistance had merely hardened. While Janes' later recollections placed him squarely on the abolitionist side, and while the Christian position he was to take to Japan two decades later bears a striking resemblance to Gordon's concept of the Christian as radical reformer, Leroy does not appear to have shared his father's enthusiasm for the Albany Academy.