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)

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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White River Valley Chapter, Valley Civic League historians (ddr-densho-277-78)
doc White River Valley Chapter, Valley Civic League historians (ddr-densho-277-78)
A list of the JACL White River Valley Chapter members who acted as historian from 1961 to 2009.
White River Valley Chapter, Valley Civic League presidents (ddr-densho-277-70)
doc White River Valley Chapter, Valley Civic League presidents (ddr-densho-277-70)
A list of the JACL White River Valley Chapter members who acted as president from 1930 to 2009.
Newspaper clipping (ddr-densho-277-12)
doc Newspaper clipping (ddr-densho-277-12)
Article title: "[?]nner October [. . .] to Launch V.C.L."
1941 JACL Cabinet (ddr-densho-287-689)
img 1941 JACL Cabinet (ddr-densho-287-689)
Photograph of probably the Portland Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen's League Cabinet members in 1941. Standing 4th from the left in the back row is Milton Maeda. Written on the album page is "J.A.C.L. Cabinet 1941" in black ink.
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