Santa Anita reception center, Arcadia, Calif. Apr. 1942. Attendants registering arrivals and assigning them, family by family, to their new quarters. These evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be transferred later to War Relocation Authority centers for the

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Santa Anita reception center, Arcadia, Calif. Apr. 1942. Attendants registering arrivals and assigning them, family by family, to their new quarters. These evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be transferred later to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war

[5 April 1942]

1 photograph : gelatin silver print ; mount 24 x 30 cm.

Photograph shows an unidentified white man writing at a table as unidentified Japanese Americans stand on the other side at the Santa Anita Assembly Center, a makeshift detention facility, also a race track, where they were incarcerated before being transferred to a concentration camp during World War II.
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No. B-425.
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Notation on National Archives negative: "From San Pedro."
Photograph from U.S. War Relocation Authority.
Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information Collection (Library of Congress).

United States.--Wartime Civil Control Administration--1940-1950.
Santa Anita Assembly Center (Calif.)--1940-1950.
Japanese Americans--Forced removal and internment, 1942-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans--California--Arcadia.
Japanese Americans--Men--1940-1950.
Japanese Americans--Women--1940-1950.
Japanese Americans--Children--1940-1950.
Political prisoners--1940-1950.
Arrivals & departures--1940-1950.
Recording & registration--1940-1950.
Concentration camps--1940-1950.

Format: Photographic prints--1940-1950.

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Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress) (DLC) 2002708960

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Call Number: LOT 1801 [item]


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    • 19/Nov/2021 20:27:21

    Not our finest hour. This was addressed in part of a recent PBS airing of Ken Burns' National Parks movie.

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    Photo Nut 2011

    • 20/Nov/2021 00:04:06

    I agree. I understand the fear people had after Pearl Harbor but most of these people were American Citizens and should have been treated the same as the German Americans. Some German Americans were locked up but most of those were of questionable character or were loyal to Germany. Both my wife and I had some German ancestors in this country at that time. They were all loyal Americans who contributed to the war effort and not one of them was ever locked up or even questioned about their loyalty to this nation.

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    • 20/Nov/2021 16:00:10 There had been an active and by-no-means-secret effort by the Nazis before the war to recruit German-Americans to return, and in some cases it succeeded. The book "Small Wonder", written in the '60s about the VW Beetle phenomenon, documents the fact that the city that would become Wolfsburg did not appear on the Allies' ground maps having been built from scratch starting in 1938, and as the war was ending with the Nazi government all but collapsed, the city's Catholic priest was sent to the Americans in Braunschweig to get them to occupy the town before the Russians did. One of the points he made was that there were a dozen or so American children there, the US-born kids of such returnees. That was enough to get them into Wolfsburg before the Soviets even knew what was there, and strikes me as a far cry from the raw race hatred that many had for the Japanese.

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    • 20/Nov/2021 21:09:17

    Interned persons were housed in horse stables at Santa Anita race track. Internees included both US Citizens of japanese ancestry and japanese nationals. ==== [Witnesses were called to appear before the Tolan Committee to relate the problems with internment.] To the Japanese in Japan, Pastor [W.P.] Reagor suggested to the committee, it would appear that the United States was doing to the people here what Germany was doing to the Jews. Source: Fox, Stephen, “In Defense of Italian Americans,” The Unknown Internment: An Oral History of the Relocation of Italian Americans during World War II, (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1990) pp.118. We as colored soldiers in Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1941 and ’42, could not go into the main Post Exchange or the main theater in Fort Benning, Georgia. When we passed the main Post Exchange and looked in we could see the German and Italian prisoners of war sitting down at the same table with white soldiers, drinking Cokes and smoking and having a good time. So it is understandable how colored soldiers would have an inferiority complex. [We thought] there must be something wrong with us. We are in uniform… but we are not good enough to sit at the table with prisoners of war. — Walter Morris Source: “Stories from the Veterans History Project Collection: Walter Morris,” Folklife Center News, Spring 2004, Volume XXVI, Number II, pp.12.

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    • 20/Nov/2021 23:57:10[email protected] A nation of contradictions that prevails through to this day. We need to continue to strive to be better.

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    precious amount

    • 21/Nov/2021 00:17:25 wrote, "We need to continue to strive to be better." I agree. I include myself in the population in need.

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    Galilla S

    • 30/Nov/2021 16:16:55

    I would say our nation of contradictions started with the phrase "all men are created equal"

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    Grrrrrrr Nintz

    • 17/Dec/2021 17:56:40

    "evacuees" is a strange term for "US citizens forced from their rightful homes into internment camps"