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Meet Amazing Americans Writers & Artists Dorothea Lange
Photo of men registering for relocation in San Francisco, 1942
Japanese American men register prior to their evacuation, on the orders of the Army

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Lange and the Relocation Camps
After taking photos of people during the Depression, Lange turned her lens on another subject. The United States entered World War II in December 1941. In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an Executive Order to create the War Relocation Authority, which forced Japanese Americans to live in camps while America was at war with Japan. Dorothea Lange was invited to photograph the camps, whose residents were "interned," or confined. Can you imagine what it must have been like to live in one of those camps?
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