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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

RUSSELL LEE. Evacuation of Japanese-American families. Los Angeles, California, April 1942

A woman and child wait at the Santa Fe station for the train that will take them to Manzanar, an internment camp in the desolate Owens Valley, just beyond the Mojave Desert. Under President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order, nearly 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans living on the West Coast—most of them U.S. citizens—were deemed security risks and incarcerated during World War II. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan apologized on behalf of the U.S. government for “an action that was taken without trial, without jury. It was solely based on race.”