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
Copy of letter to James Markham, Alien Property Custodian, from James Omura (ddr-densho-122-828)
doc Copy of letter to James Markham, Alien Property Custodian, from James Omura (ddr-densho-122-828)
Responding to accusations against Omura and Rocky Shimpo as promoting resistance to the draft
Correspondence from Kozie Sakai to Frank Emi via George Nozawa (ddr-densho-122-453)
doc Correspondence from Kozie Sakai to Frank Emi via George Nozawa (ddr-densho-122-453)
Copy of original letter, visits with prisoners before transfer to McNeil Island and Leavenworth
doc "Visit to Cheyenne Jail with Japanese American Draft Delinquents" (ddr-densho-122-866)
Report from Min Yasui and Joe Grant Masaoka Re: jailed draft resisters from Heart Mountain
Noboru Taguma's Odyssey (ddr-densho-122-534)
doc Noboru Taguma's Odyssey (ddr-densho-122-534)
Timeline for Taguma's internment, resistance, arrest and conviction
Front page of Rocky Shimpo (ddr-densho-122-779)
doc Front page of Rocky Shimpo (ddr-densho-122-779)
Selected articles: Letter to the Editor from Minoru Tamesa, Japanese Land Law to be Tested, Nisei Expatriates Subject to Draft
FBI memo to FBI Director from Denver SAC (ddr-densho-122-415)
doc FBI memo to FBI Director from Denver SAC (ddr-densho-122-415)
Advising FBI of 63 Selective Service violators trial and notes about case
Conscience and the Constitution fund-raising (ddr-densho-122-375)
doc Conscience and the Constitution fund-raising (ddr-densho-122-375)
Packet including synopsis, and fundraising appeal, personal information redacted.
Hideo Takeuchi - Amache Camp Draft Resister (ddr-densho-122-535)
doc Hideo Takeuchi - Amache Camp Draft Resister (ddr-densho-122-535)
Information about Takeuchi's draft resistance and conviction, personal information redacted.
Letter to Director, FBI (ddr-densho-122-392)
doc Letter to Director, FBI (ddr-densho-122-392)
Discussing plans for pre-induction physicals as camps and possibility of Nisei refusal
Page 18 of Wyoming Eagle (ddr-densho-122-790)
doc Page 18 of Wyoming Eagle (ddr-densho-122-790)
Article: final Arguments in Trial of 64 Japs are Heard Here
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