Work leave

During World War II, Japanese Americans were seen as a source of replacement labor for the farms in Utah, Idaho, and Montana. Starting in May 1942, camp inmates could obtain temporary leaves to work in agriculture, either returning to the camps every night or living on the farm for an extended period. In 1942 alone, some 10,000 Japanese Americans left the camps to perform this seasonal work. Their labor was vital to the agriculture industry and thus to the war effort.

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Work leave (322)

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Paul Bannai Interview I Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-128-22)
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Leaving camp to work as a farm laborer in Idaho, harvesting potatoes
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 53 (ddr-densho-1000-12-53)
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Temporarily leaving camp to work as laborers: harvesting sugar beets in Montana
Rae Takekawa Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-89-24)
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Work leave: picking sugar beets and attending school in Chinook, Montana
Rae Takekawa Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-89-25)
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Life as sugar beet harvester: bending, stabbing, chopping, throwing
Mits Koshiyama Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-130-12)
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Temporarily leaving camp to work for local farmers, encountering discrimination
Seichi Hayashida Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-14-32)
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Leaving camp on permanent work release and farming in Idaho
Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 52 (ddr-densho-1000-12-52)
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Temporarily leaving camp to work as laborers: harvesting sugar beets in Montana
Toshikazu
vh Toshikazu "Tosh" Okamoto II Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-248-5)
Transferring to Heart Mountain, then leaving camp to work at a sawmill
Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-154-13)
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Jobs in Manzanar: working in the freight office, then leaving camp to top sugar beets in Montana
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-152-26)
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A younger sister is born in camp; mother stayed to work in camp while father went out to work in Oregon
Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-289-19)
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Leaving camp temporarily to work on a farm

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Jack Y. Kunitomi Interview II Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-376-6)
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Leaving camp temporarily to work as contract laborers

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Giro Nakagawa Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-422-15)
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Working in Utah: little association with local Japanese Americans
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