War Relocation Authority Center


In 1942, after the United States entered World War II, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 ordering the evacuation of approximately 110,000 Japanese Americans from their west coast homes and interning them in 10 relocation centers. This photograph, taken by Dorothea Lange on July 3, 1942, shows the barrack-type housing of Manzanar War Relocation Authority (WRA) Center in California during a dust storm. Lange and other photographers were commissioned by the WRA to document the daily life and treatment of the internees.

National Archives, Records of the War Relocation Authority


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