"Internment Without Charges": An article by historian Linda Gordon

Subject: Dorothea Lange, Japanese Internment, World War II, War Relocation Authority
Themes: The Arts Civil Rights 20th Century Journalism and Media
Age groups: Middle School High School
Resource type: Articles

"In 1942 the U.S. War Relocation Authority hired documentary photographer Dorothea Lange to photograph the World War II internment of approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans…

Between February and July 1942 Lange worked assiduously to cover the internment throughout California. She made more than 800 photographs. But some military authority found them so evidently critical that the photographs were impounded for the duration of the war. Afterwards they were quietly placed in the U.S. National Archives where, because they are government property, they are in the public domain—free to be used by anyone for any purpose whatsoever." [Excerpted from an article by historian Linda Gordon published in the Asia Pacific Journal. Included are many of the hundreds of photos].

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