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"San Francisco, California. The family unit in kept intact in various phases of evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry." 04/06/1942


San Francisco, California. The family unit in kept intact in various phases of evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry.

San Francisco, California. The family unit in kept intact in various phases of evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry. ...A view at Wartime Civil Control Administration station, 2020 Van Ness Avenue, on April 6, 1942, when first group of 664 was evacuated from San Francisco. The family unit likewise is preserved in War Relocation Authority centers where evacuees will spend the duration. Lange, Dorothea, Photographer. (National Archives Identifier: 536066) ; Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority, 1942 - 1945; Records of the War Relocation Authority, 1941 - 1947; Record Group 210; National Archives.

This photo of Japanese-American evacuees was taken by Dorothea Lange on April 6, 1942. The caption reads "A view at Wartime Civil Control Administration station, 2020 Van Ness Avenue, on April 6, 1942, when first group of 664 was evacuated from San Francisco." Under the authority of Executive Order 9066, issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, approximately 110,000 Japanese-Americans were interned in 10 relocation centers for the duration of World War II. Professional photographers, including Dorothea Lange, were commissioned by the WRA to document the daily life and treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
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