Author Richard Cahan’s haunting look at the Japanese-American internment

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Author Richard Cahan and Justin Kaufmann

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Richard Cahan, author and former picture editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, joins Justin to discuss his fascinating new book, “Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II: Images by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Other Government Photographers.” Richard talks about what it means to put a book like this together, the history behind the United States rounding up 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry living along the West Coast and sending them to internment camps for the duration of World War II, how they found the photographs used in the book, the War Relocation Authority’s mission, the process of tracking the subjects down, the role Chicago plays in the story and how this time in history shows us the importance of figuring out who our real enemies are.

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