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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Alan Kumamoto Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-464-17)
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Working to get younger people accepted in the Japanese American Citizens League
Alan Kumamoto Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-464-15)
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Taking a new position of National Youth Director with the Japanese American Citizens League
Alan Kumamoto Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-464-16)
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Working with youth at the Japanese American Citizens League
Dave Kawamoto Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-122-9-1)
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Barred from joining the Air Corps: "We're not taking Japs"; thoughts on the JACL prewar

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically …

Clifford Uyeda Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-122-19-12)
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Reflections on being JACL president, and ideas about the role and function of the JACL and its members

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this …

Clifford Uyeda Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-122-19-1)
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Deciding to join the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on …
Art Hansen Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-122-23-6)
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JACL attitudes toward American citizenship

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on issues surrounding the …

James Omura Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-122-4-9)
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The Japanese American Citizens League before World War II, meeting Mike Masaoka

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, …

Japanese American Citizens League celebration (ddr-densho-136-40)
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This JACL celebration took place at the Olympic Hotel in Downtown Seattle.
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