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 (1414)

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1414 items
Kiichi Tange interview (ddr-csujad-6-30)
doc Kiichi Tange interview (ddr-csujad-6-30)
Oral history interview with Kiichi Tange. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_TANGE_KIICHI
Martha Kajiwara interview (ddr-csujad-6-10)
doc Martha Kajiwara interview (ddr-csujad-6-10)
Oral history interview with Martha Kajiwara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KAJIWARA_MARTHA
Nori Masuda interview (ddr-csujad-6-22)
doc Nori Masuda interview (ddr-csujad-6-22)
Oral history interview with Nori Masuda. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_MASUDA_NORI
Fred and Setsu Hirasuna interview (ddr-csujad-6-6)
doc Fred and Setsu Hirasuna interview (ddr-csujad-6-6)
Oral history interview with Fred and Setsu Hirasuna. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_HIRASUNA_FRED_AND_SETSU
Izumi Taniguchi interview (ddr-csujad-6-31)
doc Izumi Taniguchi interview (ddr-csujad-6-31)
Oral history interview with Izumi Taniguchi. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_TANIGUCHI_IZUMI
Lloyd Kurihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-15)
doc Lloyd Kurihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-15)
Oral history interview with Lloyd Kurihara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KURIHARA_LLOYD
George Toshiyuki Teraoka (ddr-csujad-8-75)
doc George Toshiyuki Teraoka (ddr-csujad-8-75)
Oral history interview with George Toshiyuki Teraoka. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Teraoka, George Toshiyuki
Chester and Akiko Lillian Sasashima (ddr-csujad-8-97)
doc Chester and Akiko Lillian Sasashima (ddr-csujad-8-97)
Oral history interview with Chester and Akiko Lillian Sasashima. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Sasashima, Chester and Lillian
Harley Mitsugi Nakamura (ddr-csujad-8-50)
doc Harley Mitsugi Nakamura (ddr-csujad-8-50)
Oral history interview with Harley Mitsugi Nakamura. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Nakamura, Harley Mitsugi
Dr. Mae Takahashi and Mr. Yoshito Takahashi (ddr-csujad-8-72)
doc Dr. Mae Takahashi and Mr. Yoshito Takahashi (ddr-csujad-8-72)
Oral history interview with Dr. Mae Takahashi and Mr. Yoshio Takahashi. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Takahashi, Dr Mae and Mr Yoshito
Hiroshi Mayeda (ddr-csujad-8-40)
doc Hiroshi Mayeda (ddr-csujad-8-40)
Oral history interview with Hiroshi Mayeda [Maeda]. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Mayeda, Hiroshi
Michio and June Toshiyuki (ddr-csujad-8-77)
doc Michio and June Toshiyuki (ddr-csujad-8-77)
Oral history interview with Michio and June Toshiyuki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Toshiyuki, Michio and June
Ena Okonogi Sakamoto (ddr-csujad-8-96)
doc Ena Okonogi Sakamoto (ddr-csujad-8-96)
Oral history interview with Ena Okonogi Sakamoto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Sakamoto, Ena Okonogi
John Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-31)
doc John Kubota (ddr-csujad-8-31)
Oral history interview with John Kubota. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Kubota, John
Digest of the West Coast Newspaper Items, December 6, 1945 to January 15, 1946 (ddr-csujad-19-8)
doc Digest of the West Coast Newspaper Items, December 6, 1945 to January 15, 1946 (ddr-csujad-19-8)
Factual information describing the activities of the Japanese Americans in the armed forces, Anti Japanese activities, housing of Japanese Americans in Burbank and other significant activities during the period from December 6, 1945 to January 15 , 1946. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_01-01_03
Giri: kodomo no tame ni = For the sake of the children (ddr-csujad-23-1)
doc Giri: kodomo no tame ni = For the sake of the children (ddr-csujad-23-1)
Interview transcripts from oral histories with Sonoma County Japanese American families. Conducted by Sonoma County JACL Oral History Project. The book was published in 2003. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: lp041-01-012
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, September 5, 1995 (ddr-csujad-24-88)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, September 5, 1995 (ddr-csujad-24-88)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which criticizes the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) for dismissing the Lim Report, a report commissioned by JACL in 1989 to determine the extent of their collaboration with Japanese American incarceration during Word War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Photograph of Michi Weglyn receiving award (ddr-csujad-24-143)
img Photograph of Michi Weglyn receiving award (ddr-csujad-24-143)
Japanese American Citizenship League (JACL) National President [Shigeki] Sugiyama presenting Michi Weglyn with the Japanese American of the Biennium Award. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_10_011
Letter from Mits Koshiyama to Michi Weglyn, January 26, 1993 (ddr-csujad-24-52)
doc Letter from Mits Koshiyama to Michi Weglyn, January 26, 1993 (ddr-csujad-24-52)
A letter from Mits Koshiyama to Michi Weglyn about an article in Nichi Bei by Nisei veteran Eji Suyama. Koshiyama praises Suyama for writing that the Nisei veterans were used by the US government. Koshiyama agrees with this point, but argues that a resister like himself cannot make it in public without being criticized by the …
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, December 07, 1978 (ddr-csujad-24-58)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, December 07, 1978 (ddr-csujad-24-58)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which she discusses an incarceration camp pilgrimage and a JACL conference. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_03_001
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, October 24, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-111)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, October 24, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-111)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which she criticizes the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and particularly M.M. [Mike Mosaoka], for arguing that siblings of former Japanese American incarcerees should not be able to receive redress checks. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_08_013
31 Res.-13 Recognition of Draft Resisters (ddr-csujad-24-76)
doc 31 Res.-13 Recognition of Draft Resisters (ddr-csujad-24-76)
A resolution by the Seattle chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) recognizing the sacrifices and courage of Japanese American draft resisters during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_06_002
Letter to Helen Kawagoe, June 14, 1988 (ddr-csujad-24-101)
doc Letter to Helen Kawagoe, June 14, 1988 (ddr-csujad-24-101)
A letter to Helen Kawagoe about her campaign for president of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). In the letter the author argues for fighting for the JACL to recognize the bravery and sacrifices of Japanese American draft resisters during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Structural report, disorganization and reorganization, IV: social reorganization in Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-21)
doc Structural report, disorganization and reorganization, IV: social reorganization in Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-21)
Manuscript evaluating potential behavior patterns and social organization among incarcerees at Tule Lake including leadership roles, planning boards, efforts to curb juvenile delinquency and "Nisei apathy." Report compiled as a portion of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_02_28_001
Legal aid department of Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-16)
doc Legal aid department of Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-16)
Report summarizing the establishment and workings of the legal aid department servicing Tule Lake based on an interview with Tim Yego. Includes a listing of department personnel with profiles and summarizes the types of cases brought to the department. Report compiled as a portion of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). See this object …
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