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FEATURING RICHARD CAHAN – Donald Trump’s Muslim ban has a sordid historical precedent. Those old enough to remember can recall the horrific chapter in American history when more than 100,000 Japanese Americans were rounded up and incarcerated in camps as the fear over World War II gripped the nation in 1942.

Reminding us of this grim history in crystal clear images are works by some of the most pre-eminent photographers of the past century: Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and others, were hired, surprisingly by the US government itself, to document this ugly policy as it was implemented. Now these powerful images are collected in a timely new book called Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II.

The book is available on Amazon and at

Richard Cahan is the author of twelve books including an acclaimed history of the federal court in Chicago, A Court That Shaped America. He served as the picture editor of the Chicago Sun-Times. He is the co-author with Michael Williams of Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II. *CORRECTION: We mistakenly identified Mr. Cayan as a ‘current, independent scholar at the Newberry Library in Chicago’. He did serve on that post for a year, but retired from it several years ago.’

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