Monday, November 06, 2006

Lange Internment Photos Unearthed

Nearly 800 rarely -- if ever -- seen photos by Dorothea Lange have been unearthed in the National Archives. The photos, from the winter of 1942, cover the roundup and internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II by the US government.

According to The New York Times:

Lange’s work unflinchingly illustrates the reality of life during this extraordinary moment in American history when about 110,000 people were moved with their families, sometimes at gunpoint, into horse stalls and tar-paper shacks where they endured brutal heat and bitter cold, filth, dust and open sewers.

There's also a book, titled "Impounded" that features many of the "lost" photos.

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