Historic Hood River
“All They Could Carry”
In May 1942 Japanese and Japanese-American residents of Hood River were ordered to appear at the train depot for forced removal to camps in California and Idaho. The Agricultural Extension Annual Report included this picture with the simple caption, “Japanese Evacuation ‘All the could carry'” The caption refers to the fact people were only allowed to bring what they could carry for to live for an unknown length of time in an unknown location far from home. This report was published in December 1942 as the war was raging. Perhaps I am reading into it, but the author’s inclusion of the phrase “All they could carry” suggests sympathies for those being deported.
Choice of words is of course very important. One of the “Evacuees” told me he objected to the term “Internment Camp.” He calls them “Concentration Camps.”