Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment

Awhile back I heard someone refer to the imprisonment without charges or recourse to the courts at Guantanamo Bay as "un-precedented".     This book of photographs I recently came across demonstrates it is anything but.

Dorothea Lange, a noted photo-journalist was hired by one branch of the government (the War Relocation Authority) to document the forced migration of Japanese Americans to the detention camp in the desert at Manzanar California.   The Army later ordered the photos censored and they remained hidden from public view until the publication of  Impounded:  Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internmnet.

Two lengthy introductions, totaling some eighty pages, by Linda Gordon and Gary Okihiro tell the stories of Dorothea Lange and her extraordinary career and of the Japanese American peoples’ round up and imprisonment following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.   Highly Recommended to WWII history buffs.

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