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 (1227)

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1227 items
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 21 (May 25, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-21)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 21 (May 25, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-21)
Selected article titles: "Major JACL Legislative Aim Met as Bill on Use of Mongolian Labor Signed" (p. 1), "Judge Goodman Suggests JACL Change Name by Dropping 'Japanese'" (p. 1), "Claims Bill Consideration in Senate Held Up" (p. 1), "Milwaukee Sansei named to student goodwill study tour" (p. 1), "Hawaii land return bill on President's desk; to ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 1 (January 6, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-1)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 1 (January 6, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-1)
Selected article titles: "JACL's 1956 legislative objectives announced; Hawaii statehood tops" (p. 1); "Yuba City Issei presumed dead in Christmas flood" (p. 1); "Nakatsuka returns from 2 1/2-month tour of Japan, Far East for State Department" (p. 1); "Welcome home reception for Santa Barbara Issei woman included messages from Pres. Eisenhower, Gov. Knight" (p. 1); "442nd ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 22 (June 1, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 22 (June 1, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-22)
Selected article titles: "Up claims compromise to $100,000. Senate judiciary committee acts on bill to push claims program" (p. 1), "Amendment to Fulbright Act Passed, Plugs Loophole for Visiting Students" (p. 1), "Michigan ex-GI adopts Japanese citizenship" (p. 1), "Actions speak as loudly as words, says Canadian judge ruling on discrimination" (p. 1), 'S.F. Jewish weekly ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 6 (Febuary 10, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-6)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 6 (Febuary 10, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-6)
Selected article titles: "1st veep Tom Yego dies of heart attack at home" (p. 1), "Eisenhower Urges Congress to Increase Immigration to U.S." (p. 1), "JACL disappointed in Eisenhower's immigration plan" (p. 1), " "Interracial marriage case resubmitted to Supreme Court" (p. 1), "U.S. judge rules on legality of Japanese courts to try G.I.s" (p. 2), ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 5 (February 3, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-5)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 5 (February 3, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-5)
Selected article titles: "Early Senate move on Mongolian labor bill urged by JACL" (p. 1), "'Home Again' lauded by Utah congressman as clear testimony of U.S. way of life" (p. 1), "White River Valley civic, business leaders sign petition to aid evacuees" (p. 1), "Nisei nominations by Ike in Senate" (p. 1), "Nisei columnist sees repercussions ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 9 (March 2, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 9 (March 2, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-9)
Selected article titles: "Lane-Hillings evacuation claims bill slated for Mar. 5 consent calendar" (p. 1), "Newsweek Backs Nisei Loyalty, Regrets Letter" (p. 1), "Self-sacrifice of Marysville JACLers during flood emergency lauded as finest page in JACL history written by a chapter" (p. 2), "Hollywood CL aids Shonien with $104" (p. 3), "Cincinnati Mayor Charles Taft to ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 26 (December 28, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-52)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 26 (December 28, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-52)
Selected article titles: "Saturday Evening Post Still Sees Main Point of Editorial as Valid" (p. 1), "Editorial indirectly casts doubt on JACL's primary and fundamental loyalty to U.S." (p. 1), "Yuba City Nisei joins in $450,000 damage suit against gov't, public utility for property damage caused during '55 flood" (p. 2), "Nisei assists UCLA scientist develop ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 8 (February 24, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-8)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 8 (February 24, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-8)
Selected article titles: "Lane-Hillings Claims Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee" (p. 1), "Sen. Kuchel Denounces Writer of Letter to Magazine on Senate Floor" (p. 1), "'Lincoln Yamamoto' letter reviving smear against Nisei seen as 'most damaging' to JACL legislative efforts in Washington" (p. 1), "Nisei grower ships dried persimmon crop from Placer County orchard" (p. 2), ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 24 (December 14, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-50)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 24 (December 14, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-50)
Selected article titles: "Semi-Gov't Japan Agency to Step Up Temporary Farm Laborers Program" (p. 1), "Annual immigration quota for Japan may be raised to 563" (p. 1), "Urge middle ground in current textile, quota controversy" (p. 2), "Tokyoite answers Keyes Beech's article on Japanese indifferentism to communism" (p. 2), "Marysville fetes Japan farm laborers" (p. 3), ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 23 (June 8, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 23 (June 8, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-23)
Selected article titles: "Mayor Taft Cities C.L. for Progress of Nisei in U.S." (p. 1), "Nisei vet bucks housing bias in Las Vegas" (p. 1), "Letter to San Francisco editor bares discrimination against Nisei home-buyer" (p. 1), "Clovis Nisei float wins first prize" (p. 3), "Bookkeeper admits theft from doctors, $10,000 involved" (p. 3), "Reno CL ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 14 (April 6, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-14)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 14 (April 6, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-14)
Selected article titles: "Jr JACL program adopted for 14th national convention" (p. 1), "Picture-bride practice reversed as eight Nisei fly to Japan to be married" (p. 1), "Escheat case fight on appeal; JACL to sign amicus brief" (p. 1), "Justice Dep't orders certain claims to be heard by examiner" (p. 1), "Hilo Nisei doctor at Oak ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 18 (November 2, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-44)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 18 (November 2, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-44)
Selected article titles: "442nd Veteran recalls spirit of combat team" (p. 1), "Move to Eliminate Racial Bias in Postal Transport Membership Fails" (p. 1), Editorials Urge 'Yes' Vote on Proposition 13" (p. 1), "Nisei pianist shows promise in debut" (p. 3), "Yatabe recalls hardships of early days at 10th anniversary Detroit JACL affair" (p. 4), "Las ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 1 (July 6, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-27)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 1 (July 6, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-27)
Selected article titles: "Neighbors, press sympathize with L.A. Issei couple ordered to leave" (p. 1), "Nisei teacher turned down in bid for home in Centerville, No. Calif. papers disclose" (p. 1), "Strandee retains U.S. citizenship" (p. 2), "N.Y. interracial housing project invites Nisei" (p. 2), "Japanese traits studied by CLers" (p. 2), "Japanese church groups not ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 2 (January 13, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-2)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 2 (January 13, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-2)
Selected article titles: "Urge Senate study Mongolian labor bill OKd by House" (p. 1), "Lane assures early consideration on evacuation claims amendments" (p. 1), "Nisei in Japan regaining citizenship under pL 515 not affected by I&N section" (p. 1), "Passage of Hawaii land return bill in senate sought" (p. 1), "Nisei couple elected officers of Masonic ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 26 (June 29, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-26)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 26 (June 29, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-26)
Selected article titles: "House concurs with Senate on claims. JACL to urge President to sign evacuation claims amendment bill" (p. 1), "14th Biennial Convention Program Announced by JACL Headquarters"(p. 1), "Teenage gang war breaks out" (p. 1), "ACLU scores federal housing program lag" (p. 1), "Expiration date of Watkins Act for Nisei voting in Japan elections ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 12 (March 23, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-12)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 12 (March 23, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-12)
Selected article titles: "JACL to consider future intervention in interracial marriage test case if any" (p. 1), "Evacuation Losses Deleted Under Lane-Hillings Claim Bill Clarified" (p. 1), "State Dep't to cut off refugee relief program for Japan" (p. 1), "Sonoma County CL hits chapter high with 282 members" (p. 5), "New Japanese ambassador Tani meets with ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 8 (August 24, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 8 (August 24, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-34)
Selected article titles: "Sen. Kuchel praises decade of JACL accomplishments in Congress" (p. 1), "Opening Ceremonies program announced; chorals, addresses to be featured" (p. 1), "Issei citizen may win special award" (p. 2), "Over 3,000 assurances for Japanese refugees provided by U.S. citizen" (p. 2), "Nearly 20,000 Issei naturalized American citizens, 14,000 in 1955" (p. 3), ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 17 (October 26, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-43)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 17 (October 26, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-43)
Selected article titles: "Views Conflict in Gilroy Hot Springs Incident" (p. 1), "Support mounting for 'Yes' on prop. 13; press; civic groups join" (p. 1), "Urge Congress amend Refugee Relief Act to admit adopted Japan orphans" (p. 1), "Oregon Candidates Tell of Deep Interest in New Citizen Balloting" (p. 3), "Continuing need of clothes for Japan" ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 2 (July 12, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-28)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 45, No. 2 (July 12, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-28)
Select article titles: "House group recommends temp'y farm labor plan be continued: 'No ill effects' on domestic labor market recorded" (p. 1); "JACL Campaign Against Anti-Nisei Films on TV Circularized by NARBT" (p. 1); "Small Claims Court Hears Civil Right Cases" (p. 1); "$86,550 damage suit filed in traffic death of Sakamoto" (p. 1); "Mr. Moto, ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 10 (March 8, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-10)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 10 (March 8, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-10)
Select article titles: "Salt Lake bids for 1958 convention 15th Biennial may be co-sponsored by Mt. Olympus; dates not yet announced" (p. 1); Over $250,000 Awarded for Claims in Jan." (p. 1); "L.A. race relations progress in Look" (p. 1); "Repatriates Denied Right to Sue for Vested Property Return" (p. 1); "Flood Damage Light for Nisei ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 2 (July 13, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-28)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 2 (July 13, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-28)
Selected article titles: "President signs claims amendment: Compromise procedure now granted for evacuation claims up to $100,000" (p. 1), "Gov't halts move to deport L.A. Issei couple" (p. 1), "Survey underway in discrimination of Nisei home buyers" (p. 1), "Dream comes true for Denver Nisei with entrance to U.S. Air Force Academy" (p. 1), "Expatriate cases ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 22 (November 30, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-48)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 22 (November 30, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-48)
Selected article titles: "Central California JACL officers to be installed en masse Dec. 2" (p. 1), "Issei mainlanders more Americanized" (p. 1), "Separate statehood bills may succeed, says Engle; "Arizona Nuptial Law Test Case May be Blooped" (p. 1), "Democracy in Japan should be reconsidered" (p. 2), "'No' Votes on Prop. 13 viewed as strong testimonial ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 25 (June 22, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-25)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 42, No. 25 (June 22, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-25)
Selected article titles: "Senate unanimously approves claim bill amendment, need House okay. Senate version limits compromise to $100,000; House bill has no ceiling" (p. 1), "JACL Urges House By-Pass Confab On Senate Action" (p. 1), "President signs amendment to Fulbright Act" (p. 1), "Sacramento Japanese area to be demolished soon" (p. 1), ""Ex-Seattle Nisei attends first ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 19 (May 10, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-19)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 19 (May 10, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-19)
Select article titles: "Continuation of Japanese Farm Labor Held Likely by Hillings" (p. 1); "San Diegans urge elimination of Fuzz Young Story" (p. 1); "'Golden Reel' prize awarded to Nisei" (p. 1); "Against farm labor program but for higher Japan quota" (p. 1); "Seven months remain for 'illegally admitted' aliens in U.S. to change status to ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 6 (August 10, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-32)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 43, No. 6 (August 10, 1956) (ddr-pc-28-32)
Selected article titles: "Congress informed of Nat'l JACL convention in unprecedented move" (p. 1), "Cuba discrimination of Nisei tourist denied by PSWDC chairman Yokozeki" (p. 1), "Adopted Japanese orphan baby becomes citizen" (p. 2), "Marumoto installed as associate justice of Hawaii supreme court" (p. 3), "1,250 Japanese immigrants enter U.S. past 1/2 year" (p. 3), "Mike ...
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