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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Documenting History

One of the more shameful episodes in American history was the internment, in the United States, of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

On Tuesday, NPR published an article on the camp in Manzanar, and three photographers who recorded the place and its internees.

Be sure to watch the video segment in the article. It tells the story of one of the photographers, Toyo Miyatake, and the lengths he went to to document history.

To learn more about the internment camps, look for one of these:

Grant, Kimi Cunningham. Silver Like Dust [one family's story of America's Japanese internment]. [AB/CD 940.5317 GRA]

Kent, Deborah. The Tragic History of the Japanese-American Internment Camps. [YA 940.5317 KEN]

Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience. [940.5317 ONL]

Robinson, Greg. By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans. [940.5317 ROB]

Stanley, Jerry. I Am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment. [J 940.53 STA]

The Library of Congress has a collection of photos of what was referred to at the Manzanar Relocation Center; click here.

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