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.

Draft resistance (238)

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

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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
Jimi Yamaichi Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-106-16)
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"Exonerated" of all charges by a judge in Eureka, California for lack of due process
Ken Yoshida Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-428-9)
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Answering "yes-yes" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire but deciding to resist the draft

This interview is incomplete. It ends after the first hour of taping, when Mr. Yoshida is describing serving time at the road camp for resisting the draft. This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior ...

Jim Akutsu Segment 43 (ddr-densho-1000-2-43)
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Separated from the Heart Mountain resisters at McNeil Island Penitentiary

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Jim Akutsu Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-2-35)
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Deciding to resist the draft; a visit from the FBI

Interview was conducted over two days because of delays caused by technical difficulties.

Jim Akutsu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-2)
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Nisei male. Born 1920 in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resisted draft, with the rationale that the U.S. government had classified him 4-C, an enemy alien, and he was therefore under no obligation to serve. Imprisoned at McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington. Vocal critic of JACL. Resettled in ...
Gene Akutsu Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-1-30)
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Reasons for answering "no-no" on so-called "loyalty questions" and revisiting decision to resist the draft
Gene Akutsu Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-1-32)
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Work detail at McNeil Island Penitentiary; imprisoned for resisting the draft
Gene Akutsu Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-1-33)
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Visitors at McNeil Island Penitentiary; imprisoned for resisting the draft
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