The Japanese American Citizens League

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was organized in the late 1920s by a small group of young, professional nisei in response to the anti-Japanese fervor of the times. The organization was decidedly patriotic and dealt with discrimination by emphasizing American citizenship, loyalty, and assimilation. Because of their ideology, JACL members were recruited by the military to assist in carrying out the "evacuation" orders, and they urged Japanese Americans to cooperate with the government. The group inspired strong, mixed feelings among Japanese Americans during this time. However, in the years following the war, the JACL regained much of its former support by successfully overturning many legal barriers for Japanese Americans.

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The Japanese American Citizens League (1822)

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The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 68 (August 23, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-237)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 68 (August 23, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-237)
"Walter Bill Runs into Confusion" (p. 1), "Travel Bureau Office in N.Y. Will Open Soon" (p. 1), "Sgt. I. Furukawa Killed in Action" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 40 (May 8, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-108)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 40 (May 8, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-108)
"Senate Unit Favors Bills with Riders" (p. 1), "26 Nisei GI Dead Due Home" (p. 1),
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 65 (August 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-232)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 65 (August 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-232)
"Next "Open Night' on Wed., Aug. 17; Take Advantage of It, Okada Urges" (p. 1), "Illinois Senator Cites Record of Nisei GI's in Urging Passage of Judd Bill" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 25 (March 17, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-95)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 25 (March 17, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-95)
"Epinal War Heroes' Remains Removed" (p. 1), "Congress Gets Another Bill Aiding Issei" (p. 1), "Story of the 442nd" (p. 2), "Frisco Saints, Berkeley Nisseis to Tangle for "Oriental Title" (p. 3).
JACL certificate of identification (oath of allegiance) (ddr-densho-25-15)
doc JACL certificate of identification (oath of allegiance) (ddr-densho-25-15)
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Issei were required to carry government-issued identification documents because of their alien status. The Nisei, who were American citizens, did not have to carry such documents. However, the JACL encouraged Nisei to carry identification papers voluntarily. This document belonged to Mae Iseri. The document featured an oath of allegiance that …
JACL affidavit (ddr-densho-25-25)
doc JACL affidavit (ddr-densho-25-25)
Mae Iseri signed this affidavit when she became a member of the JACL. By signing, she swore allegiance to the United States, renounced allegiance to any other country, and condemned the "infamous machinations" of the Japanese government.
JACL Convention program book 1936 (ddr-densho-430-150)
doc JACL Convention program book 1936 (ddr-densho-430-150)
Hide Arai, Seattle WA written on cover. Includes pages of signatures
Letter from Amy Morooka to Violet Sell (ddr-densho-457-19)
doc Letter from Amy Morooka to Violet Sell (ddr-densho-457-19)
Amy Morooka writes to Violet Sell about church happenings and updates on work.
Scrapbook for Fremont JACL (ddr-densho-491-181)
doc Scrapbook for Fremont JACL (ddr-densho-491-181)
Containing photos, meeting notes, document related to special events, membership lists, social events from 1980
Scrapbook for Southern Alameda County Chapter of JACL (ddr-densho-491-180)
doc Scrapbook for Southern Alameda County Chapter of JACL (ddr-densho-491-180)
Containing photos, meeting notes, document related to special events, membership lists, social events from 1953-1955
Scrapbook for Fremont JACL (ddr-densho-491-179)
doc Scrapbook for Fremont JACL (ddr-densho-491-179)
Containing photos, meeting notes, document related to special events, membership lists, social events from 1979
Scrapbook for Fremont JACL (ddr-densho-491-175)
doc Scrapbook for Fremont JACL (ddr-densho-491-175)
Containing photos, meeting notes, document related to special events, membership lists, social events from 1969 and 1972.
Scrapbook for Fremont JACL (ddr-densho-491-176)
doc Scrapbook for Fremont JACL (ddr-densho-491-176)
Containing photos, meeting notes, document related to special events, membership lists, social events from 1973-1974.
Scrapbook for Fremont JACL (ddr-densho-491-178)
doc Scrapbook for Fremont JACL (ddr-densho-491-178)
Containing photos, meeting notes, document related to special events, membership lists, social events from 1977
Scrapbook for Fremont JACL (ddr-densho-491-177)
doc Scrapbook for Fremont JACL (ddr-densho-491-177)
Containing photos, meeting notes, document related to special events, membership lists, social events from 1976
Scrapbook for Southern Alameda County Chapter of JACL (ddr-densho-491-183)
doc Scrapbook for Southern Alameda County Chapter of JACL (ddr-densho-491-183)
Containing photos, meeting notes, document related to special events, membership lists, social events from 1956-1957
Scrapbook for Southern Alameda County Chapter of JACL (ddr-densho-491-182)
doc Scrapbook for Southern Alameda County Chapter of JACL (ddr-densho-491-182)
Containing photos, meeting notes, document related to special events, membership lists, social events from 1949-1952
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