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Visual Evidence

Photo 4: Mess Hall at Manzanar, 1942. [Photo 4] with link to larger version of photo.
(National Archives and Records Administration, Dorothea Lange, photographer)

Questions for Photo 4

1. Notice the line at the back of the picture. Meals were served cafeteria-style, and the lines often stretched out the doors. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of serving meals this way for the people running the center? For the evacuees?

2. The War Relocation Authority was very proud of keeping family groups together as much as possible during mealtimes. Why do you think they thought this was important?

3. Have you ever spent time in a setting like this? What do you think it would have been like to eat all your meals like this for three years?

* The photo on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 4, but be aware that the file will take as much as 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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