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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Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Warren Furutani, Japanese American Citizens League, Saburo Kido, James Sakamoto, Masao Satow, Walter Tsukamoto, Edison Uno

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Cherry Kinoshita Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-34-12)
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Getting involved in the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
George Fugami Segment 50 (ddr-densho-1000-7-50)
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Reflecting on community efforts to overturn alien land laws
Ronald Ikejiri Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-461-10)
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Taking a position as the Washington representative for the Japanese American Citizens League
Ronald Ikejiri Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-461-15)
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Mike Masaoka's role in the early days of the redress movement
Ronald Ikejiri Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-461-12)
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Setting up groups of formal and informal advisers in Washington
Tomio Moriguchi Interview II Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-60-7)
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Joining Seattle's Japanese American Citizens League, gaining an exposure to issues of social justice
John Kanda Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-116-11)
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Active involvement in the Puyallup Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen's League

This interview is part of a collaborative effort of the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League and Densho.

Ron Wakabayashi Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-460-11)
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Reactions to being the dark horse candidate for Japanese American Citizens League national
Ron Wakabayashi Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-460-10)
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Becoming national director of the Japanese American Citizens League
Ron Wakabayashi Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-460-12)
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Issues facing the Japanese American Citizens League upon taking office
Henry Miyatake Interview V Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-57-31)
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Continuing the struggle to build a redress movement with Japanese American Citizens League support
Henry Miyatake Interview V Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-57-28)
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Presenting the "Seattle plan" for redress at the National Japanese American Citizens League convention
Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-114-15)
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Reactivating Puyallup Valley Chapter Japanese American Citizens League with new focus on civil rights

This is the first in a series of interviews conducted by the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizen League in collaboration with Densho.

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-77-28)
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Joining the Japanese American Citizens League after the war

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Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-77-32)
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Greater involvement with the Japanese American Citizens League

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-77-34)
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The Japanese American community's involvement in Seattle's Seafair activities

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Shosuke Sasaki Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-78-10)
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Impressions of the Japanese American Citizens League in prewar Seattle
Shosuke Sasaki Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-78-23)
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Early efforts to start a redress campaign, the "Seattle Plan"; objecting to the JACL creed
Henry Miyatake Interview VI Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-58-5)
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Turning down the opportunity to head the JACL's National Committee for Redress
Henry Miyatake Interview VI Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-58-6)
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Redress discussions over whether individual monetary payments detracted from the larger constitutional issues
John Tateishi Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-469-19)
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Thoughts on the future of the Japanese American Citizens League
John Tateishi Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-469-12)
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Internal conflict within the Japanese American Citizens League during the redress movement
Fred Y. Hoshiyama Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-275-17)
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Attending a meeting of the Japanese American Citizens League: "we took the policy of cooperation"

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