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Remembering Manzanar

pearlharborIn the aftermath of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States of America forced nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans to move to internment camps. The fear of espionage or sabotage was more powerful a force than the rights of the citizens.

The Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of these camps located in the Owens Valley in California. Photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Clem Albers, among others, documented life at Manzanar. Their photos and the stories of Manzanar now serve as a reminder to this and future generations of the fragility of American civil liberties.