The Japanese American Citizens League

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was organized in the late 1920s by a small group of young, professional nisei in response to the anti-Japanese fervor of the times. The organization was decidedly patriotic and dealt with discrimination by emphasizing American citizenship, loyalty, and assimilation. Because of their ideology, JACL members were recruited by the military to assist in carrying out the "evacuation" orders, and they urged Japanese Americans to cooperate with the government. The group inspired strong, mixed feelings among Japanese Americans during this time. However, in the years following the war, the JACL regained much of its former support by successfully overturning many legal barriers for Japanese Americans.

The Japanese American Citizens League (1186)

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1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-30)
img 1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-30)
Caption on reverse: "To Cherry - 15A / E. Sato / Kickoff dinner / Monday, July 21, 1986."
Departing the JACL National Convention of 1986 (ddr-densho-10-27)
img Departing the JACL National Convention of 1986 (ddr-densho-10-27)
Caption on reverse: "To Cherry - I-5 / E. Sato / Departure - Hyatt Regency / Saturday, July 26, 1986."
Installation of officers at the 1986 JACL Convention (ddr-densho-10-52)
img Installation of officers at the 1986 JACL Convention (ddr-densho-10-52)
Caption on reverse: "Installation of officers, Nat'l Bd / Sayonara Bqt - July 27, 1986."
The Woodwards speaking at the 1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-31)
img The Woodwards speaking at the 1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-31)
Caption on reverse: "To Cherry - 3A / E. Sato / Walter and Mildred Woodward, Bainbridge Island, WA kickoff dinner / Monday, July 21, 1986."
Fourth biennial Japanese American Citizens League convention (ddr-densho-259-305)
img Fourth biennial Japanese American Citizens League convention (ddr-densho-259-305)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Posed group of JACL [Japanese American Citizens League] members at the 4th biennial national convention held in Seattle, September 1936. There are only some 50-75 people present, which indicates how small the beginnings of JACL were."
JACL certificate of identification (oath of allegiance) (ddr-densho-25-15)
doc JACL certificate of identification (oath of allegiance) (ddr-densho-25-15)
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Issei were required to carry government-issued identification documents because of their alien status. The Nisei, who were American citizens, did not have to carry such documents. However, the JACL encouraged Nisei to carry identification papers voluntarily. This document belonged to Mae Iseri. The document featured an oath of allegiance that ...
Thank you letter (ddr-densho-277-169)
doc Thank you letter (ddr-densho-277-169)
Letter from the Mid-Columbia JACL Chapter thanking the White River Valley JACL Chapter for their help with a convention.
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