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        Picturing Japanese American Internment: Dorothea Lange

        This media gallery explores the government-issued Japanese American internment that occurred during World War II using two videos from the American Masters film Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning. Dorothea Lange, a documentary photographer hired by the government, captures the plight of internees forced to leave their lives and homes behind. Learn about Lange’s struggle to document the reality of internment and the censorship she faced for not doing the exact job she was hired to do. The related materials draw on the videos and focus mainly on visual literacy (the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in images) as it relates to Japanese internment.

        Japanese Americans Interned

        Explore Japanese American relocation during World War II and the difficult job Dorothea Lange was hired to do.

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        Reality of Manzanar

        Learn about the difficult conditions for Japanese Americans at Manzanar and the government censorship exercised on Lange's photographs.

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