Renunciation of citizenship

During World War II, 5,589 American citizens of Japanese descent renounced their U.S. citizenship. The renunciations took place between December 1944 and July 1945, mostly in Tule Lake concentration camp, California. The vast majority of renunciations had little to do with "disloyalty" to the U.S., but instead were the result of a series of complex conditions and events that were beyond the control of those involved. After a legal battle, most renunciants had their U.S. citizenship restored in the 1960s.

World War II (34)
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Renunciation of citizenship (83)

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The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 84 (October 9, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-146)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 84 (October 9, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-146)
"Official U.S. Claims Forms Will Be Sent to JACL Units; Contain Only 17 Questions" (pg. 1)
Letter regarding release from Seabrook Farms (ddr-densho-254-4)
doc Letter regarding release from Seabrook Farms (ddr-densho-254-4)
Letter from the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Services informing Senichiro Takeda that he is released to the custody of Wayne M. Collins.
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 20 (July 13, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-25)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 20 (July 13, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-25)
Selected article titles: "Denationalization Bill Signed: Legislation Enables Citizens to Renounce US Citizenship" (pp. 1-2), "Colony Irrigation System to Augment Water Supply" (p. 1), and "Leave Clearance: Appeals Board to Consider Cases Filed Before July 14" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 2 (January 11, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-51)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 2 (January 11, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-51)
Selected article titles: "Burling Here to Resume Renunciation Hearings" (pp. 1-2), "70 'Resegregated' to Santa Fe Camp" (p. 2), and "Housing Plan Required for West Coast Return" (pp. 2, 5).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 42 (December 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-44)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 42 (December 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-44)
Selected article titles: "Renunciation: Queries on Procedure Answered by Burling" (pp. 1-2) and "Mess Operations Festival: Division to Select Queen; Nominations Open Today" (p. 3).
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-402)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-402)
Two photograhs and one article from the Oregonian. Photographs are titled "Japanese Youngsters Among Repatriates Sailing." Newspaper article is titled "Nisei Fight To Remain In America."
Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-263-9)
The American Civil Liberties Union's approach to the renunciation cases

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Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-263-19)
Description of renunciation case process

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Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-263-8)
Filing suit to restore citizenship

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Minoru Kiyota Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-36-12)
vh Minoru Kiyota Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-36-12)
Receiving support from a pacifist Christian group in decision to renounce U.S. citizenship

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Tule Lake Pilgrimage held at Klamath Falls, Oregon and at the site of Tule Lake incarceration camp in California. Given the limited time available during this event, the length and breadth of this interview are ...

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-165-23)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-165-23)
Working to reverse decision to renounce citizenship: working with Wayne Collins, helping form the Tule Lake Defense Committee
Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1002-4-5)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1002-4-5)
Discussion of decision in camp to renounce U.S. citizenship, family's near-deportation to Japan
Sarah Sato Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-81-24)
vh Sarah Sato Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-81-24)
Deciding to renounce U.S. citizenship, separating the family
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 3 (January 10, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-2)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 3 (January 10, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-2)
"U.S. Court Hears Status of 5,500 Nisei" (p. 1), "Seeks Passage of Claims Bill" (p. 1), "M.I.S. Grads Total 2,675 in Monterey" (p. 1).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 40 (October 5, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-88)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 40 (October 5, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-88)
Selected article titles: "Justice Dept. Begins Renuncee Registration" (p. 1), "Justice Dept. Scheduled to Replace Army Wednesday" (p. 1), "Japanese POW's Go to Cotton Fields" (p. 2), and "To Potential Resettlers: 2 Prominent Tuleans Give Reports on Trips Outside" (p. 5).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 47 (November 23, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-101)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 47 (November 23, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-101)
Selected article titles: "Sail from L.A. Dec. 2: 325 to Leave Center for Hawaii Next Friday" (p. 1), "First Group of 'Repats' Leaves Tule Lake Today" (p. 1), "Renunciant Case Draws Comment from S.F. Paper" (p. 2), and "Charles Miller: Gives Report on Northern Calif. Housing Facilities" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 38 (November 16, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-40)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 38 (November 16, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-40)
Selected article titles: "Renunciation Bill: Initial Procedures Clarified by Legal Aid" (p. 1), "2 Fires Result from Overheated Coal Stoves" (p. 2), and "Evacuee Property Office: Real Estate Problems Aired for Evacuees" (pp. 2, 4).
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