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
Resolution adopted at 36th Biennial National Convention of JACL (ddr-densho-122-573)
doc Resolution adopted at 36th Biennial National Convention of JACL (ddr-densho-122-573)
Re: the Recognition of and Apology to the Nisei Resisters of Conscience of WWII
Letter to group from Frank Chin (ddr-densho-122-195)
doc Letter to group from Frank Chin (ddr-densho-122-195)
Chin's notes on upcoming projects, project ideas, and potential interviewees related to resistance.
Letter to James Omura from Frank Emi (ddr-densho-122-468)
doc Letter to James Omura from Frank Emi (ddr-densho-122-468)
re: activities of FPC, Horino and Okamoto cases at Tule Lake, including 2 news items
Letter from Frank Emi to Abe (ddr-densho-122-385)
doc Letter from Frank Emi to Abe (ddr-densho-122-385)
Emi's comments on Education Forum held at Heart Mountain
Copies of subpoenas issued to individuals to appear in court (ddr-densho-122-833)
doc Copies of subpoenas issued to individuals to appear in court (ddr-densho-122-833)
To testify at conspiracy trial of James Omura and leaders of the Fair Play committee
Conscience and the Constitution Project Development (ddr-densho-122-373)
doc Conscience and the Constitution Project Development (ddr-densho-122-373)
Proposed project description for documentary, including project plan, timeline, funding sources
Yosh Kuromiya (ddr-densho-122-382)
img Yosh Kuromiya (ddr-densho-122-382)
Photo of Kuromiya in barracks for use with "Conscience and the Constitution" documentary
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