|Ansel Adams photo at Bainbridge Island Historical Museum|
We stopped at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum because I saw poster saying there was an exhibit of Ansel Adams photographs of Manzanar - one of the internment camps for West Coast Japanese Americans during WW II. My first awareness of the these camps came in the 6th grade when I moved to a new school and there was a Japanese girl in my class who had been born in a camp.
All the pictures originally were in a book published in 1944. Copies of a newer addition were on sale in the museum.
A poster on the wall explains that Adams, living in Yosemite in WW II, was visited by an old friend, the director of Manzanar, who invited Adams to come photograph the camp. Then:
You can read Ansel Adam's book, Born Free and Equal online from the Library of Congress. Page five has the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Then this statement follows:
. . . . As a nation we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal except Negroes.” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal, except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics.” When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty. . . . where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base allow of hypocrisy.
|Watching the Video|
We watched a 15 minute (or so) video about Manzanar. There are a number of videos on Manzanar online, but I couldn't find the one we saw. I chose this one because it connected the events of WW II with today. It's the story of Muslim-Americans visiting Manzanar in 2008 and learning about what happened from Japanese-Americans who had been interned there. Some of the footage was in the film we saw.