Agriculture

Many Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrants) began as sharecroppers. Others sought to buy land, but the Issei had to overcome obstacles preventing them from competing with white farmers. California and other states passed alien land laws prohibiting Asian immigrants from purchasing or leasing agricultural land. There were ways around the discriminatory laws: an Issei father could put the property in the name of his American-born child, or issei could form corporations in which a majority of the shareholders were American citizens. Despite the alien land laws, Issei farmers played a significant role in West Coast agriculture. In the years just prior to World War II, Japanese American families grew 35 percent of the produce in California. By the 1920s, Japanese Americans supplied 75 percent of the produce and half the milk to the Puget Sound region.

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img "Hay Cutting" (ddr-densho-201-241)
Swiss farmland. Caption on front: "Hay Cutting."
House and farmland (ddr-densho-201-345)
img House and farmland (ddr-densho-201-345)
Caption on front: "Z. MaeKawa house. Auburn, Washington. Picture taken from White Lake Hill. Gone now. 1946?"
Soldier looking at olive grove (ddr-densho-201-446)
img Soldier looking at olive grove (ddr-densho-201-446)
Silhouette of a soldier looking out over what appears to be an olive grove.
img "Beautiful Switzerland" (ddr-densho-201-239)
Woman standing in front of a farm building, her back turned. Caption on front: "Beautiful Switzerland."
Letter sent to Kayuko Uno at Pinedale Assembly Center (ddr-densho-324-70)
doc Letter sent to Kayuko Uno at Pinedale Assembly Center (ddr-densho-324-70)
Correspondence from Carl Prato regarding management of the Uno's farm while they were incarcerated.
Letter regarding seed purchases (ddr-densho-324-73)
doc Letter regarding seed purchases (ddr-densho-324-73)
Correspondence and receipts regarding seed purchases for the Uno farm.
Letter sent to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-71)
doc Letter sent to Kinuta Uno at Tule Lake concentration camp (ddr-densho-324-71)
Correspondence from Carl Prato regarding sale of the Uno's farm and equipment.
Ranch landscape (ddr-densho-325-327)
img Ranch landscape (ddr-densho-325-327)
Written on back of photograph "Nov. '47 Home Ranch"
Sansei baby (ddr-densho-325-400)
img Sansei baby (ddr-densho-325-400)
Eddie Horiuchi Written on back of the photograph "Nov. '50 1 yr. old Uratsu's Orchard"
Portrait of three children (ddr-densho-313-15)
img Portrait of three children (ddr-densho-313-15)
Written on back: "Taken 1928 during strawberry time at Hillsboro, Ore."
Farm landscape (ddr-densho-313-19)
img Farm landscape (ddr-densho-313-19)
Written on back: "Jackson berryfield Gales Creek June 1937".
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 11 (February 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-178)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 11 (February 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-178)
"Bodies of 33 More Nisei Soldiers Come Home to U.S.; Group Includes Those of Pacific Northwest Men" (p. 1), "California State Legislature Gets Numerous Anti-Bias Measures" (p. 1), "Mint Becoming Major Washington Crop" (p. 2), "Admitting of Soldier Brides to U.S. Without Respect to Race Sought" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 45 (June 27, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-33)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 45 (June 27, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-33)
"International Body Ousts Local 7 Officers" (p. 1), "Urges Board to Sift Loss in Evacuation" (p. 1), "Death of Race Ties Unit of NHA Set for Monday, June 30; Lack of Funds Forces Move, Aide Says" (p. 1).
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