Work and jobs

Both Issei and Nisei took jobs within the camps, at wages set not to exceed soldiers' pay: $12 per month for unskilled labor, $16 for skilled labor, and $19 for professional employees. WRA staff was paid much more for the same jobs. Though public opinion mandated such low pay, dissatisfied Japanese Americans objected to losing their right to make a decent living. They had to use their sparse income for necessities, such as warm clothing and shoes.

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Japanese Americans harvesting potatoes (ddr-densho-37-88)
img Japanese Americans harvesting potatoes (ddr-densho-37-88)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Evacuee farmers at this relocation center filling sacks with newly dug potatoes.
Japanese Americans working on camp newspaper (ddr-densho-37-459)
img Japanese Americans working on camp newspaper (ddr-densho-37-459)
Original WRA caption: Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Trimming the assembled Sentinels is George Tokoshige, while Reports Officer Vaughn Mechau and Sentianl Editor, Bill Hosokawa check for the hundredth time for possible makeup or printing errors.
Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-599)
img Japanese Americans harvesting spinach (ddr-densho-37-599)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Evacuee farmers harvesting spinach at this relocation center.
Japanese American blacksmiths (ddr-densho-37-175)
img Japanese American blacksmiths (ddr-densho-37-175)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Evacuee blacksmiths do all the blacksmith work necessary in the garage at this relocation center.
Japanese Americans harvesting corn (ddr-densho-37-708)
img Japanese Americans harvesting corn (ddr-densho-37-708)
Original WRA caption: Harvesting the first corn crop at the Minidoka Relocation Center from fields which were covered with sagebrush last spring.
Japanese Americans building a barrack porch (ddr-densho-37-407)
img Japanese Americans building a barrack porch (ddr-densho-37-407)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee Arkansas. A typical street scene. Wood for fuel is piled in the barracks street and a crew of evacuees is building on a front porch.
Japanese Americans transplanting trees (ddr-densho-37-569)
img Japanese Americans transplanting trees (ddr-densho-37-569)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Transplanting trees from existing farms to the hospital area at the Topaz Relocation Center.
Land reclamation farm (ddr-densho-37-31)
img Land reclamation farm (ddr-densho-37-31)
Original WRA caption: Land reclamation farm. Mr. Kamaya and [Camp Director] Stafford in Gobo field.
Japanese Americans digging potatoes (ddr-densho-37-90)
img Japanese Americans digging potatoes (ddr-densho-37-90)
Original WRA caption: Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Potatoes on the farm at this relocation center are dug by a mechanical digger pulled by a tractor.
Camp lumber yard (ddr-densho-37-615)
img Camp lumber yard (ddr-densho-37-615)
Original WRA caption: Closing of the Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas. The Jerome Center lumber yard. Much of this lumber was cut at the center's sawmill which the evacuees operated. The remaining piles are being moved to other centers where needed. In the foreground is the scrap pile from which the residents fashioned most of their …
Japanese American preparing lunch (ddr-densho-37-330)
img Japanese American preparing lunch (ddr-densho-37-330)
Original WRA caption: Dave K. Yoshida, from Seattle, Washington former Chef for Benjamin Franklin Hotel. Kitchen crew preparing lunch. Menu: Baked macaroni with Spanish sauce, spinach, pickled beets, bread-pudding, tea, bread & butter.
Newspaper office workers (ddr-densho-37-687)
img Newspaper office workers (ddr-densho-37-687)
Original WRA caption: A group of part time high school student workers in project newspaper office.
Farmer loading potatoes (ddr-densho-37-84)
img Farmer loading potatoes (ddr-densho-37-84)
Original WRA caption: An evacuee farmer ready to put a sack of newly dug potatoes on the truck at the farm at this relocation center.
Japanese American farmers digging potatoes (ddr-densho-37-87)
img Japanese American farmers digging potatoes (ddr-densho-37-87)
Original WRA caption: Evacuee farmers at this relocation center filling sacks with newly dug potatoes.
Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-37-705)
img Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-37-705)
Original WRA caption: A tractor draw harrow prepares the soil of a new field cleared out of sagebrush adjacent to the Minidoka Relocation Center.
Japanese American auto mechanics (ddr-densho-37-542)
img Japanese American auto mechanics (ddr-densho-37-542)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. In the center motor pool shop, George Kenotsu and George Baba, former Stockton, California mechanics, prepare to remove an automobile motor for overhaul. Mechanical repairs to all center motor equipment is carried out by residents, former west coast persons of Japanese ancestry.
Japanese Americans harvesting onions (ddr-densho-37-510)
img Japanese Americans harvesting onions (ddr-densho-37-510)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Evacuee and appointed personnel office workers assisting in the onion harvest on the project farm during the volunteer farm harvest program. During the two week period when practically all project offices and sections went "all out" to help bring in the farm crops, more than eighty acres of …
Harvesting mustard (ddr-densho-37-528)
img Harvesting mustard (ddr-densho-37-528)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Residents of the Rohwer Relocation Center harvest a truck load of mustard on the extensive acreage they have helped cultivate near-by.
Japanese American working on farm (ddr-densho-37-780)
img Japanese American working on farm (ddr-densho-37-780)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Irrigating thinned lettuce on the project farm.
Japanese Americans sorting tomatoes (ddr-densho-37-713)
img Japanese Americans sorting tomatoes (ddr-densho-37-713)
Original WRA caption: A crew of evacuee women sorts tomatoes at the edge of a field which was covered with sagebrush six months before. Because of frequent outcroppings of lava the fields on the project farm are small.
Japanese Americans preparing lunch (ddr-densho-37-331)
img Japanese Americans preparing lunch (ddr-densho-37-331)
Original WRA caption: Dave K. Yoshida, from Seattle, Washington former Chef for [the] Benjamin Franklin Hotel. Kitchen crew preparing lunch. Menu: Baked macaroni with Spanish sauce, spinach, pickled beets, bread-pudding, tea, bread & butter.
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