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 (66)
Resistance and dissidence (69)
Draft resistance (343)

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

343 items
Page 18 of Wyoming Eagle (ddr-densho-122-789)
doc Page 18 of Wyoming Eagle (ddr-densho-122-789)
Article: Nisei Trial to Resume on Monday; dismissal Denied
Conscience and the Constitution Project description (ddr-densho-122-374)
doc Conscience and the Constitution Project description (ddr-densho-122-374)
Synopsis, draft budget and personnel for proposed documentary with working title "Years of Infamy"
Frank Emi's notebook (ddr-densho-122-776)
doc Frank Emi's notebook (ddr-densho-122-776)
Original notebook of notes taken by Frank Emi during the trial
Resistance: treatment for 60-minute documentary (ddr-densho-122-370)
doc Resistance: treatment for 60-minute documentary (ddr-densho-122-370)
Draft production treatment for documentary on Heart Mountain resistance
Federal Building in Cheyenne, Wyoming (ddr-densho-122-707)
img Federal Building in Cheyenne, Wyoming (ddr-densho-122-707)
Location of Heart Mountain Resisters trial, from Wyoming State Museum.
Letter from Frank Emi to Rocky Shimpo (ddr-densho-122-475)
doc Letter from Frank Emi to Rocky Shimpo (ddr-densho-122-475)
Including copy of letter from George Ishikawa from jail to be published at Rocky Shimpo
Letter to Daniel Lyons, Pardon Attorney with the Department of Justice, from Winslow Osborne (ddr-densho-122-493)
doc Letter to Daniel Lyons, Pardon Attorney with the Department of Justice, from Winslow Osborne (ddr-densho-122-493)
Arguing for pardons for Heart Mountain resisters on moral grounds from the National Service Board for Religious Objectors
Petition to The President of the United State of American (ddr-densho-122-397)
doc Petition to The President of the United State of American (ddr-densho-122-397)
From American Citizens of Japanese Ancestry for the restoration of the Rights to Citizens
News story re: Judge Goodman's ruling in Tule Lake case (ddr-densho-122-389)
doc News story re: Judge Goodman's ruling in Tule Lake case (ddr-densho-122-389)
Copy of story of Judge Goodman's decision that the Nisei should not be required to fight while interned
Correspondence from Kozie Sakai to Frank Emi via George Nozawa (ddr-densho-122-451)
doc Correspondence from Kozie Sakai to Frank Emi via George Nozawa (ddr-densho-122-451)
Copy of original letter, with news of visit with jailed resisters and progress of trial, Friday June 30?
Clipping from front page of Rocky Shimpo (ddr-densho-122-780)
doc Clipping from front page of Rocky Shimpo (ddr-densho-122-780)
Selected articles: letter to the Editor re: JACL actions, Two Resister Change Minds, Sentinel asks Help to Dissuade Draft Protestors
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