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Draft resistance

In 1944 the government reinstated the draft for Japanese Americans after suspending it in 1942 and began drafting men directly from the camps. This action angered many. At Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming, resistance took the form of an organized movement calling itself the Fair Play Committee. Members demanded that their rights as citizens be restored before enlisting in the military. Eventually, sixty-three men from Heart Mountain refused induction and were sentenced to prison terms for draft evasion. In the other camps, disparate individuals made the decision to resist the draft. After being unfairly incarcerated for almost two years, they saw the draft as the final injustice. Ultimately, 267 men from all the concentration camps were convicted of evading the draft and most served time in prison. President Truman pardoned all of the resisters in 1947.

World War II (54)
Resistance and dissidence (50)
Draft resistance (239)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Draft resistance, Frank Emi, Gordon Hirabayashi, No-No Boy (book)

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Gene Akutsu Interview II Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-210-14)
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Revisiting McNeil Island fifty years after being incarcerated there
Harry K. Yoshikawa Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-278-20)
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Memories of draft resistance trial

Due to technical difficulties during the taping of this interview, the interviewer's voice is considerably louder than the narrator's. This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those ...

Harry K. Yoshikawa Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-278-18)
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Being arrested for resisting the draft

Due to technical difficulties during the taping of this interview, the interviewer's voice is considerably louder than the narrator's. This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are ...

Rick Sato Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-80-12)
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Understanding the position of the draft resisters: "you don't have to prove anything"
Akio Hoshino Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-26-10)
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Discussion of so-called "loyalty questions" and the decision to resist the draft
Akio Hoshino Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-26-11)
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A unique Japanese American attitude regarding one's time in county jail for resisting the draft
Joe Yamakido Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-167-9)
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Arrested for failing to report for army induction physical; sentenced to three years in prison
Akio Hoshino Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-26-12)
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Description of McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington; imprisoned for resisting the draft
Akio Hoshino Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-26-14)
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Reflections on the decision to resist the draft, telling younger generation about experiences
Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-165-16)
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Reaction to the so-called "loyalty questionnaire": making the decision to resist the draft
Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-165-17)
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Witnessing tension and conflict between "yes-yeses" and "no-nos" in Tule Lake
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