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.

Renunciation of citizenship (115)

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

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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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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 shorter ...

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
Affidavit (ddr-csujad-12-26)
doc Affidavit (ddr-csujad-12-26)
This affidavit belongs to Tsugitada Kanamori. It states that in 1945 he was repatriated to Japan in 1945 and that he did not swear allegience to the United States of America. According to the affidavit, Kanamori did so in order to keep his family together and to remain in camp. He also asserts that he was ...
Letter from Daniel F. Goggin, May 1, 1948 (ddr-csujad-12-2)
doc Letter from Daniel F. Goggin, May 1, 1948 (ddr-csujad-12-2)
This letter confirms that Tsugitada Kanamori worked for Daniel Goggin in an Ordnance Shop as the superintendent at the Yokohama Area Engineer Equipment Pool. Mr. Goggin explains that Kanamori is "invaluable" and he would absolutely recommend Mr. Kanamori for any position. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tsu_01_01_002
Medical certificate [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-12-16)
doc Medical certificate [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-12-16)
A medical certificate issued by Atsumi, M.D., Atsumi Clinic, Tokyo, Japan. It describes Tsugitada Kanamori's health condition and medical records. He was diagnosed with heart disease and received the treatments. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tsu_01_06_005
Recipt from Okubo Phamacy Co., in Japanese (ddr-csujad-12-17)
doc Recipt from Okubo Phamacy Co., in Japanese (ddr-csujad-12-17)
This half-sheet of paper certifies that Tsugitada Kanamori was sold four different drugs from the Okubo Pharmany Co., in Yokohama, Japan. English translation of this document is found in item: csudh_tsu_0018. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tsu_01_06_006
Letter from Eji Suyama to Pacific Citizen (ddr-csujad-24-92)
doc Letter from Eji Suyama to Pacific Citizen (ddr-csujad-24-92)
A letter from Eji Suyama to Pacific Citizen regarding the exclusion of Nisei from universities in the United States during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_07_009
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