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World War II: Japanese Internment

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The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States was the forced relocation and incarceration during World War II of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. These public domain photos by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Clem Albers illustrate the trauma, tragedy, and resilience of Japanese-Americans during the years of internment.
Map of World War II Japanese American internment camps.png

Map of World War II Japanese American internment camps.png

Street scene in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California, 11 April 1942, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Street scene in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California, 11 April 1942, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The Hirano family, Colorado Relocation Center, Poston, Arizona, 1942 - 1945, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The Hirano family, Colorado Relocation Center, Poston, Arizona, 1942 - 1945, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Reading bulletins in Japanese language in "Little Tokyo" when residents of Japanese ancestry were instructed to evacuate. They will be assigned to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration. 11 April 1942, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Reading bulletins in Japanese language in "Little Tokyo" when residents of Japanese ancestry were instructed to evacuate. They will be assigned to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration. 11 April 1942, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Mr. and Mrs K. Teri have closed their drugstore in preparation for the forthcoming evacuation of Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California, 11 April 1942, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Mr. and Mrs K. Teri have closed their drugstore in preparation for the forthcoming evacuation of Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California, 11 April 1942, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Los Angeles, California, 1 April 1942, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Los Angeles, California, 1 April 1942, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Shizuco Setoguchi, Manzanar Relocation Center, 3 July 1942, Dorothea Lange, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Shizuco Setoguchi, Manzanar Relocation Center, 3 July 1942, Dorothea Lange, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Los Angeles, California, 1942 -1945, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Los Angeles, California, 1942 -1945, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Caretaker, Mary Ogawa, making preparations to close the Nagamine home, Los Angeles, California, 11 April 1942, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Caretaker, Mary Ogawa, making preparations to close the Nagamine home, Los Angeles, California, 11 April 1942, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Lone Pine, California, 1 April 1942, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Lone Pine, California, 1 April 1942, Clem Albers, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

A sixth grade pupil in the classroom, Tule Lake Relocation Center, 3 November 1942, Francis Stewart, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

A sixth grade pupil in the classroom, Tule Lake Relocation Center, 3 November 1942, Francis Stewart, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

"Evacuation sale during Japanese Relocation", early 1940s, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

"Evacuation sale during Japanese Relocation", early 1940s, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Family awaits evacuation bus, Hayward, California, 8 May 1942, Dorothea Lange, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Family awaits evacuation bus, Hayward, California, 8 May 1942, Dorothea Lange, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Hayward, California, 8 May 1942, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Hayward, California, 8 May 1942, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Grandfather, Hayward, California, 8 May 1942, Dorothea Lange, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Grandfather, Hayward, California, 8 May 1942, Dorothea Lange, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Hayward, California, 8 May 1942, Dorothea Lange, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Hayward, California, 8 May 1942, Dorothea Lange, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.