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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Washday: 1942

Washday: 1942

January 1942. Young woman at the community laundry Saturday afternoon. Farm Security Administration camp at Robstown, Texas. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

Re: Internment Camp

No, we shouldn't. It was an FSA camp established during the depression to help teach farming skills. The camp very likely offered other social services as well.

Internment camp

Nice euphemism--shouldn't we be calling this what it is: one of the camps where Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II?

 
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