An opinion piece by Eric Muller, “Injustice, in Kodachrome,” ran in the New York Times on Sunday, June 24, with photos from the 1940s taken by Bill Manbo. The article outlines the history of Japanese American deportation and internment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, focusing on the experience of Manbo and his family, who were taken to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming in 1942. Manbo, an amateur photographer, used his camera and Kodachrome film to document everyday life during his time at the camp. The photos only recently came to light, and are the subject of a book edited by Muller forthcoming from CDS Books and UNC Press in August, Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II. Click on the link for more information on and images from the book.
Eric L. Muller is a law professor at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and the author of American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II and Free to Die for Their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II.