Dorothea Lange and the Japanese American internment

Dorothea Lange is well-known for her photo of the Migrant Mother, taken during the Great Depression in 1936. Few people know of her work during the Japanese American internment during World War Two. Dorothea was terrified by the suspension of civil liberties for the Japanese Americans. Here’s a terrific film, Then They Came for Us, where I talk about Dorothea’s part in documenting the internment. She worked tirelessly, photographing the process of registering Japanese and Japanese Americans, the temporary assembly centers, and finally Manzanar Relocation Center.

Here’s a short trailer:

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