“Arranging flowers for alter on last day of service at Japanese Independent Congregational Church, prior to
evacuation [internment],” Oakland, California, April 26, 1942, by Dorothea Lange for the U.S. War Relocation Authority, via National Archives Commons on flickr.
All along the Pacific coast — from 1942 to January 1945 — over 110,000 people of Japanese heritage were forced into internment camps. Sixty-two percent were American citizens.
In 1988, in the Civil Liberties Act, the U.S. Government admitted that its actions had been based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”
Photographer’s studio and other businesses, Palacios, Texas, May 1943, by John Vachon, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Back porches of apartment houses in Windsor, Vermont, 1941, by Jack Delano, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The NAMCO Block* was built between 1920 and 1922 for the workers of the National Acme Company, the town’s main employer in the early 20th century. The building now has a place on the National Register of Historic Places.
Portico of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 1943, by Esther Bubley, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The captions of similar Bubley photos indicate that the image was taken on a Sunday afternoon as she was following sightseeing servicemen around The Mall taking pictures for the Office of War Information Service.
“Untitled,” via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
In the Library’s online catalogue, this picture appears among U.S. Farm Security Administration photos taken by Jack Delano on dairy farms in New Hampshire and Vermont in August 1941.