“I am an American”

Dorothea Lange’s censored pictures of the Japanese-American internment, available through the Library of Congress, provide a pertinent reminder.

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For more information, check out Linda Gordon’s Impounded Dorothea Lange & the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment. 

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Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect, tnr.com, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

3 thoughts on ““I am an American””

    1. Try walking in the shoes of Khizr Khan. And then in those of Timothy McVeigh. And remember -which- is reckoned an American, and which is not, by the lights of your president-elect.

  1. That shot of the car and the big sign is a blow to the heart, even more than the faces to me. How can we be so in love with fear and hate.

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