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.

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The Japanese American Citizens League (516)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Warren Furutani, Japanese American Citizens League, Saburo Kido, James Sakamoto, Masao Satow, Walter Tsukamoto, Edison Uno

516 items
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 24 (June 20, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-24)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 24 (June 20, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-24)
Selected article titles: "JAs Asked to Fight Navajo Relocation" (pp. 1, 7), "Is There an Emergency?" (pp. 4-5), and "LEC Update: Vital Links" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 1 (January 2-9, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-1)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 1 (January 2-9, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-1)
Special New Year edition. Selected article titles: "Jackson: Japan Must Improve Treatment of Minorities" (pp. 1, 13), "Putting Substance Behind Our Words" (p. 8), "1986 Chronology" (pp. 10-12), and "Joseph Heco and the Joseph Heco Society" (pp. 18, 20-21).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 106, No. 22 (June 2, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 106, No. 22 (June 2, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-22)
Selected article titles: "Federal Housing Study on Bias to Omit Asians" (p. 1), "JACL-LEC Prepares for 'Post-Redress' Activities" (pp. 1, 4), "Nat'l JACL 1989-90 'Program for Action' Unveiled" (pp. 1-2), and "Omnibus Trade Bill 'Moderate in Nature, but Significant in Achievement,' Says Matsunaga" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 106, No. 25 (June 24-July 1, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-25)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 106, No. 25 (June 24-July 1, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-25)
Selected article titles: "Eligibility Issue on Redress Bill Still Unresolved" (p. 1), "'Dear Colleague' Letter: Conservative Congressmen Urge Colleague Support for Redress" (p. 1), "Nisei Veterans Focus on 1993 Celebration" (pp. 1, 3), and "JACL Candidates for National President Speak Out" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 106, No. 23 (June 10, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 106, No. 23 (June 10, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-23)
Selected article titles: "'Only Fair': Bush Says 'Yes' to Redress" (p. 1), "Nikkei Vietnam Vets Saluted in L.A." (pp. 1, 3), "National Board Motions" (p. 5), and "New JACL Budget Figures in Detail" (p. 6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 107, No. 1 (July 8-15, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-26)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 107, No. 1 (July 8-15, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-26)
Selected article titles: "Resolution Admitting JACL 'WW2 Errors' Presented to NCWNP" (p. 1), "Top Aides Urge Approval: Reagan Intends to Sign Redress Bill, Says Mercury News Report" (p. 1), and "Part II: JACL Presidential Candidates Respond to Questionnaire" (p. 7).
George Fugami Segment 50 (ddr-densho-1000-7-50)
vh George Fugami Segment 50 (ddr-densho-1000-7-50)
Reflecting on community efforts to overturn alien land laws
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 55 (July 9, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-222)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 55 (July 9, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-222)
"Hawaii Governor Promises to Do What He Can to Push ENI Bill" (p. 1), "Claims Office Due to Open" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 103 (December 15, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-164)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 103 (December 15, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-164)
"JACL Seeks Riders for Trading Act" (p. 1), "JACL-ADC Pushes Move to Extend Soldier Brides' Legislation" (p. 1), "Chicago Unit Told of Bias in Cemeteries" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 24 (April 1, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-10)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 24 (April 1, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-10)
"Nisei Vets Will Choose Officers Fri." (p. 1), "Seek MILS Men" (p. 1), "Urge Repeal in U.S. of Alien Status" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 42 (May 15, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-110)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 42 (May 15, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-110)
"Community to Pay Respects to Northwest Nisei GI Dead at First Methodist, June 26" (p. 1), "Registration Measure Goes Before House" (p. 1), "Senate Sends Citizenship Bill Back to House for Rider Action" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 104 (December 18, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-165)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 104 (December 18, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-165)
"Demo Leader OK's Rights Legislation" (p. 1), "Settlement Nears for Peru Japanese Stranded in U.S., Masaoka Reports" (p. 1), "B.C. to Continue Evacuee Aid" (p. 1), "Claims Queries and Replies" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 76 (September 23, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-245)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 76 (September 23, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-245)
"Prexy Takagi Heads Seattle Group to Eleventh Biennial National JACL Confab in Chicago Sept. 28-Oct. 2" (p. 1), "Five Nisei Pilots Eye Chicago as Final Landing Place; Ohye's Race Will Begin This Sunday" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 27 (April 2, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-194)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 27 (April 2, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-194)
"Oregon's Top Court Rules Alien Land Laws Against Japanese Unconstitutional" (p. 1), "Tourist Trade Aids Economy of Japanese" (p. 1), "NCNC Unit Eyes ENI Passage" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 7 (January 24, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-268)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 7 (January 24, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-268)
"Nat'l JACL Tells Names of Chairmen" (p. 1), "McDonough Bill Similar to ENI" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 2 (January 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-169)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 2 (January 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-169)
"Truman Shows Interest in Rights Bill" (p. 1), "Pa. Solon Vows to Present Measure for Equality in Naturalization" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 20 (March 9, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-187)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 20 (March 9, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-187)
"Journal Editorial Backs Judd Bill" (p. 1), "Farmers Invited to Claims Talk" (p. 1), "Nisei in Japan May Win Priority" (p. 1), "State House Passes FEPC Bill; Legislation Goes to Langlie" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 46 (July 1, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-34)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 46 (July 1, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-34)
"House Will Get Claims Board Measure Soon" (p. 1), "House to Study H.R. 3555" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 72 (September 9, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-241)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 72 (September 9, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-241)
"Truman Must Approve or Veto Walter Bill by Today; Ten-Day Period Ends" (p. 1), "C-B-I Hero's Wife Awaits Truman Okay" (p. 1), "Masaoka, Brilliant ADC Chief, Named to Distinguished Leadership Award" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 45 (May 26, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-113)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 45 (May 26, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-113)
"Seven Witnesses Testify in Favor of Evacuation Claims Legislation" (p. 1), "Jackson St. Council Elects Ten to Executive Council at Meet" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 72 (August 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-134)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 72 (August 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-134)
"One of These Pretty Girls Will Be "Miss JACL' of 1948. Nine Girls Seek JACL Queen Title" (pg. 1), "Gov. Maw of Utah Will Join in National JACL Conclave" (pg. 1), "New Names Delay Renunciant Cases. Extension Granted" (pg. 2), "MacArthur Aide Sure Nisei GI Shortened War in Pacific" (pg. 4)
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 37 (April 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-105)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 37 (April 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-105)
"Acheson, Wirin Challenge Validity of Wartime Rider to Calif. Measure Denying Japanese Fishing License" (p. 1), "B.C. Regime to Lift Job Ban but No Franchise Reported Yet" (p. 1), "Gen. Clark and McCloy Endorse Judd's Naturalization Measure" (p. 5), "State Department Opens Way for Boom in Asia" (p. 5).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 86 (November 21, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-73)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 86 (November 21, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-73)
"80th Congress to Consider Naturalization Measure. Celler Bill to Open U.S. Citizenship to Alien Japanese" (p. 1), "Masaoka Returns to Wash. D.C. After West Tour" (p. 1), "Wreath Placed at Arlington" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 67 (August 19, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-236)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 67 (August 19, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-236)
"Technical Move Stalls Action on Walter Bill" (p. 1), "House Version of Soldier Brides Act is Sent to President for Signature" (p. 1), "Japan Extends Farming Land Disposal Date" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 20 (February 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-91)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 20 (February 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-91)
"Ten Sit-Down Strikers Determined to Squat in Former RAF Quarters in Moose Jaw Until March 31" (p. 1), "I.A.M. Awaits End of Alaska Worker Issue" (p. 1), "824 Yankees Wed Japanese Through Jan. 1" (p. 2), "ADC Aide Assured Backing of West Virginia Leaders" (p. 4).
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