Born Free and Equal: Photographs of the Loyal Japanese-Americans at Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, California

Born Free and Equal: Photographs of the Loyal Japanese-Americans at Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, California

Adams, Ansel

U.S. Camera, 1944


[Japanese Internment: The Legacy of Racism and the Abuse of Constitutional Guaranteed Rights during Wartime]  First edition. 4to, Bound in publisher's green cloth.  US Military library stamps. Good binding and cover. Hardcover in slip case. Clean, unmarked pages.  112 pages: illustrations (including portraits) ; 28 cm.  

  In February 1942, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066.  This order led to the internment of 112,000 Japanese-American people in camps.  More than 60% of those interred were native born American citizens.  These people were imprisoned without due process or judicial review, without having committed a crime, merely for their racial heritage.  Manzanar was one of ten relocation centers established for Japanese internment.  Ansel Adams was 40 years old when he created this photographic essay of the daily life for 10,000 "relocated" Japanese-Americans in the desolate concentration camp 200 miles northeast of Los Angeles.   The intent of Adam's work was clear.  He wished to call attention to the wrongness of the American government's actions.  Adam's essay reaffirmed the freedoms guaranteed by 14th Amendment, that no citizen's liberty shall be deprived without due process.  Adams said in a letter to the Library of Congress that, "The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat and dispair [sic] by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment.... All in all, I think this Manzanar Collection is an important historical document, and I trust it can be put to good use."  Adam's work is a testament of how art can be used as a weapon against political oppression.

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