To Start You Thinking

1) Read the enlarged copy of text of the poster. What was the limit on the extent of personal belongings that an individual or family could bring with them into internment?

2) What were the government's responsibilities to the evacuees as outlined in the poster?

3) Why do you suppose the photographer, Dorothea Lange, chose to include the Civilian Defense poster in the upper left of the photo along with the Exclusion Order?


image from Dorothea Lange, "Civilian exclusion order #5," April, 1942 as found in Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Last modified in March, 2017 by Rick Thomas