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Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese Americans, Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, California: Photographs from the Library of Congress Collection

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It was 1943. In Yosemite National Park, the magnificent Ahwahnee Hotel closed its doors to tourists, transformed into a temporary Naval convalescent hospital. Wartime shortages forced the rationing of gasoline, sugar, and film. Living with his wife, Virginia Best Adams and their children in Yosemite Valley, Ansel Adams, sought ways to help with the war effort. Too old to e ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Spotted Dog Press (CA) (first published 1944)
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Jennifer Kim
Nov 08, 2012 Jennifer Kim rated it it was amazing
I am not Japanese. In fact, I’m Korean, but as I opened this book, my eyes kept tearing up. This is not an emotional book, but the question that I’ve asked since high school has made me tear up, once again. The question is – how, how could these men volunteer to fight of a country that, in all actuality stripped them of their citizenship and found them of guilty of things they haven’t even thought of doing? The American government had taken their homes, their livelihood, and their place in the s ...more
Valarie
Mar 30, 2014 Valarie rated it really liked it
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A beautiful and moving series of photographs, especially considering the time when it was first published. The only downside was that Ansel Adams wrote all the text, and while he is an inspiring photographer, his attempts to describe the political and social climate of Japanese internment camps just come off as pretentious.
Jen
Mar 05, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently reading this ISBN, which is a 44 page exhibition catalog for the 1984 Met show of Adams' photographs, as well as a scanned, 112 page online version of Adams' original text and photographs, available on the Library of Congress website.

Adams made many thoughtful portraits and documentary images of the Manzanar internment camp in California. He opens this book with a letter by Abraham Lincoln, written August 24th, 1855:

"As a nation we began declaring that 'all men are created equal.'
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Linda
Apr 22, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
Sadly, these beautiful photographs are diminished by the fact that Adams chose to show only what supported the government position. None of the hardship or discrimination is in evidence - only the beauty of the Sierra and the strength of the Japanese-Americans.
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Though wilderness and the environment were his grand passions, photography was his calling, his metier, his raison d'etre.

From: Ansel Adams, Photographer
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