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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Gidra, Vol. I, No. 2 (May 1969) (ddr-densho-297-2)
doc Gidra, Vol. I, No. 2 (May 1969) (ddr-densho-297-2)
Selected article titles: "S.I. Rips Gidra!" (p. 1), "The Oriental as a 'Middleman Minority'" (p. 3), "Red Guard Party" (p. 4), "Title II . . . 'a Long Step Toward Totalitarianism'" (p. 5).
Gidra, Vol. I, No. 8 (November 1969) (ddr-densho-297-8)
doc Gidra, Vol. I, No. 8 (November 1969) (ddr-densho-297-8)
Selected article titles: "Moratorium Day" (p. 2), "1969 Internal Security Act" (p. 2), "Pioneer Center Opens in Little Tokyo" (p. 3), "Yellow and Proud" (p. 5), "Revelance of Ethnic Studies" (p. 5), "The High Cost of Saving Face the American Way" (p. 8-9).
Gidra, Vol. I, No. 6 (September 1969) (ddr-densho-297-6)
doc Gidra, Vol. I, No. 6 (September 1969) (ddr-densho-297-6)
Selected article titles: "Isaac Honored" (p. 1), "Birth of Amerasia" (p. 1), "Hoover's Yellow Peril" (p. 2), "Dawn of Awakening" (p. 2), "UCLA Sells Out" (p. 5), "Potential for What" (p. 5), "The Failure of Democracy in a Time of Crisis" (p. 6-7).
Opening remarks to JACL meeting (ddr-densho-345-73)
doc Opening remarks to JACL meeting (ddr-densho-345-73)
Frank Sato's opening remarks to a meeting of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) with other redress groups. He calls for the JACL and these redress groups to put aside their differences and work together to achieve the larger goal of the redress movement.
Letter from Harry Gamble to Floyd D. Shimomura (ddr-densho-345-74)
doc Letter from Harry Gamble to Floyd D. Shimomura (ddr-densho-345-74)
Harry Gamble writes to Floyd Shimomura about the National Park Service making Tule Lake concentration camp a National Historic Landmark site.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-387)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-387)
George Fujii's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Telegram requesting to join in the recognition of the Pacific Citizen (ddr-densho-338-359)
doc Telegram requesting to join in the recognition of the Pacific Citizen (ddr-densho-338-359)
The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter to Bill Hosakawa from Mas Yonemura (ddr-densho-338-164)
doc Letter to Bill Hosakawa from Mas Yonemura (ddr-densho-338-164)
A letter talking about Larry and Guyo Tajiri's time running the Pacific Citizen.
Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-112)
doc Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-112)
Guyo Tajiri participated in a JACL led effort to receive a pardon for Iva Toguri d'Aquino. This is a letter from Katherine Pinkham In support of that effort.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Elise F. Musser (ddr-densho-338-414)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Elise F. Musser (ddr-densho-338-414)
Copy of a letter included in the thank you book presented to Guyo and Larry Tajiri at the Tajiri Testimonial Banquet of the JACL. The testimonial banquet recognized the Tajiris for their decade of service running the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-400)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-400)
The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-393)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-393)
Ruby Yoshino Schaar's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-373)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-373)
Shig Wakamatsu's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-382)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-382)
Roy Kaneko's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-364)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-364)
The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-375)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-375)
The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-124)
doc Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-124)
A letter from Guyo Tajiri requesting Stan Delaplane's assistance in the pardon effort.
Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-114)
doc Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-114)
Guyo Tajiri participated in a JACL led effort to receive a pardon for Iva Toguri d'Aquino. This is a letter from Stan Delaplane about helping.
1965 Graduates celebration program (ddr-densho-338-158)
doc 1965 Graduates celebration program (ddr-densho-338-158)
The program for an event celebrating graduates who were members of the JACL.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-391)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-391)
Ray Yasui's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-401)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-401)
George Hara's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Note about the JACL Committee of 150 (ddr-densho-338-358)
doc Note about the JACL Committee of 150 (ddr-densho-338-358)
The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
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