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)

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Draft resistance, Frank Emi, Gordon Hirabayashi, No-No Boy (book)

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Jimi Yamaichi Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-106-15)
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Making the decision to resist the draft, "I can't vote, I can't register, and they want me to join the army"
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, ...

Ken Yoshida Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-428-11)
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Daily life in the country jail

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, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and ...

Grant Ujifusa Interview II Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-133-16)
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Discussion of the controversy between World War II veterans and resisters
Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-290-26)
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Imprisoned at the McNeil Island penitentiary for draft resistance

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Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-290-22)
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Answering the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" and deciding to resist the draft

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Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-290-25)
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Memories of draft resistance trial

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Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-290-23)
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Attending meetings of the Fair Play Committee

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Paul Nagano Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-65-8)
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Christian faith and social justice: dealing with so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and military service
Jim Akutsu Segment 39 (ddr-densho-1000-2-39)
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A jury instructed to find a guilty verdict in draft resistance trial

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

Jim Akutsu Segment 37 (ddr-densho-1000-2-37)
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Unsolicited advice against fighting the draft, the WRA and Clarence Arai

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

Jim Akutsu Segment 38 (ddr-densho-1000-2-38)
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Suspecting the camp administration of tampering with draft notice

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

Jim Akutsu Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-2-29)
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Personal response to the so-called "loyalty questions"

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Jim Akutsu Segment 40 (ddr-densho-1000-2-40)
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Communicating with other draft resisters from Heart Mountain

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Jim Akutsu Segment 41 (ddr-densho-1000-2-41)
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Thoughts on the other draft resisters

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

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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 36 (ddr-densho-1000-2-36)
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Seeking advice on fighting the draft from Min Yasui

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

Jim Akutsu Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-2-25)
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A growing anger over conditions in camp plants seeds of resistance

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

Jim Akutsu Segment 44 (ddr-densho-1000-2-44)
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Keeping occupied in the McNeil Island Penitentiary

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

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