Dorothea Lange's photograph of the Japanese American internment

Photographer Dorothea Lange was asked by the government to photograph the internment of Japanese Americans shortly after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. She was adamantly opposed to the internment, but took the job anyway. She felt it was critical to have a record of what the government did. She took this photo in Oakland, California of a family leaving the Wartime Civil Control Administration station on the afternoon of their evacuation.

Looking at her photos later she said, “This is what we did. How did it happen? How could we?”