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 (1819)

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Warren Furutani, Japanese American Citizens League, Saburo Kido, James Sakamoto, Masao Satow, Walter Tsukamoto, Edison Uno

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The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 62 (August 29, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-49)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 62 (August 29, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-49)
"Two Nisei Named to U.W. Faculty" (p. 1), "The Japanese Americans in Motion" (p. 1), "National JACL Asks Probe in Refusal to Give Nisei Shore Leave in B.C." (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 62 (August 3, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-229)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 62 (August 3, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-229)
"Local JACL to Aid Claimants" (p. 1), "Inequality in Naturalization Laws Pointed Out by Senator Magnuson" (p. 1), "Claims Office for Seattle Indefinite Yet" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 37 (April 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-105)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 37 (April 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-105)
"Acheson, Wirin Challenge Validity of Wartime Rider to Calif. Measure Denying Japanese Fishing License" (p. 1), "B.C. Regime to Lift Job Ban but No Franchise Reported Yet" (p. 1), "Gen. Clark and McCloy Endorse Judd's Naturalization Measure" (p. 5), "State Department Opens Way for Boom in Asia" (p. 5).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 105 (December 22, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-166)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 105 (December 22, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-166)
"Miller to Present Equality Bill" (p. 1), "Basketball Fans Await Start of Second All-Oriental Joust Opening on Thursday, Dec. 23" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 3 (January 8, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-77)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 3 (January 8, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-77)
"21 From Seattle Granted Presidential Pardons on Draft-Dodge Charge" (pg. 1), "Judd's Measure Aids Japanese" (pg. 1),
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 27 (March 24, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-97)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 27 (March 24, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-97)
"Nisei War Memorial Drive Keeps on Rolling Along" (p. 1), "Top Court in Nation to Rule on Validity of Calif. Fish Code Barring "Ineligible Aliens" (p. 1), "Money to Fight Nisei Revealed" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 39 (May 5, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-107)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 39 (May 5, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-107)
"Two Earn Degrees at University; Pacific College Honors 4 Nisei" (p. 1), "Ishikawa Points Out Disabilities Facing "Ineligible' Peoples" (p. 5), "House Subcommittee Convenes in Executive Meet to Weigh Riders to Immigration Bills" (p. 6).
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 75 (September 20, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-244)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 75 (September 20, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-244)
"Senate Action on President's Veto of Walter Resolution Expected Soon; Walter and Judd Lead Bill Fight" (p. 1), "Kickoff Dinner and Rally on Tuesday Will Launch Community Chest Drive in Our Area; Sing Named Colonel" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 40 (May 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-207)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 40 (May 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-207)
"Voice of Small Minorities, Including That of Nisei, Pleads for FEPC Measure" (p. 1), "Dr. John Thomas, Nisei Friend, Will be Principal Speaker at Baptist Reunion Affair" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 5 (January 13, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-79)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 5 (January 13, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-79)
"Alien Property Office Gives Further Data on Recovery of Pre-War Bank Deposits" (p. 1), "Canadian Japanese Losses May Hit $400,000, Winnipeg Reports" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 97 (November 24, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-158)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 97 (November 24, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-158)
"Masaoka Meets Judd on Bill to Aid Issei" (p. 1), "Burial Held at Arlington for 442 Hero" (p. 1), "Rosary Will be Said for Staff Sgt. Kinoshita on Friday; Services for Pvt. Sagami Next Tuesday in Tacoma" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 14 (February 7, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-85)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 14 (February 7, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-85)
"Truman Calls on Congress to Speed Up Business of Evacuation, Civil Rights" (pg.1), "7,000 Nisei Stranded in Japan Face Loss of U.S. Citizenship" (pg. 1), "JACL Bigwigs Plan Strategy to Push Bills" (pg. 2)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 76 (October 17, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-63)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 76 (October 17, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-63)
"First Nisei War Dead to Arrive Late in 1948, JACL is Informed" (p. 1), "Canadian Property Owners Agree to Evacuation Loss Terms" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 69 (August 26, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-238)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 69 (August 26, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-238)
"President Truman Signs New Soldier Brides Legislation" (p. 1), "Exactly Who Will be Affected by Bill is Learned by JACL ADC Office" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 22 (March 6, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-93)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 22 (March 6, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-93)
"Nisei War Memorial Fund Campaign Starts on Tuesday" (p. 1), "Masaoka Backs Vets Resolutions for Low-Cost Housing Bill" (p. 1), "Renaming of Ship for Nisei Hero Postponed Week in Brooklyn" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 84 (October 9, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-146)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 84 (October 9, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-146)
"Official U.S. Claims Forms Will Be Sent to JACL Units; Contain Only 17 Questions" (pg. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 57 (July 16, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-224)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 57 (July 16, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-224)
"Justice Dept. to Set Up Field Office in L.A." (p. 1), "Here're Questions Which You Must Answer When You File Claims" (p. 1), "Rules Pertaining to Contraband Disclosed by Justice Department" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 51 (June 25, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-218)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 51 (June 25, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-218)
"Japanese Alien Granted Stay" (p. 1), "JACL (Victim of Greatest Violation) Asks Okay of Civil Rights Legislation" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 81 (October 11, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-249)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 81 (October 11, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-249)
"Dual Citizens May Get Vested Property Back" (p. 1), "Story of 442nd Another Hollywood Step to Combat Racial, Religious Prejudice" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 28 (April 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-14)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 28 (April 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-14)
"This Is A Matter of Hitching in Japan, for Instance, One Must Marry Not Only to Eat But to Live" (p. 1), "National JACL Decides to Join With ACLU in Emilie Bouiss Case Set to be Held in Seattle Soon" (p. 1) "Hoshino KO's Rival in 4th in Isle Debut" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 78 (October 24, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-65)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 78 (October 24, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-65)
"N.W. JACL District Council to Meet Nov. 22, 23 in Seattle" (p. 1) "Nisei Funeral Director Opens Offices on Jackson Street" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 26 (March 20, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-96)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 26 (March 20, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-96)
"JACL in D.C. Asks Amending of Havenner Bill to Let Aliens in War Service to Stay in U.S." (p. 1), "Equality Urged for U.S. Aliens" (p. 1), "Story of the 442nd" (p. 2),
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 39 (May 14, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-206)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 39 (May 14, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-206)
"ADC Cites Need for FEP Measure" (p. 1), "Washington JACL, ADC Petition D.C. to Abolish Segregation" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 1 (January 1, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-261)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 1 (January 1, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-261)
"ADC in DC Urges Aliens to Register" (p. 1), "Lack of Interest in JACL Rapped" (p. 1), "The Nisei Girl on the Job" (p. 3).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 99 (December 1, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-160)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 99 (December 1, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-160)
"CARE Textile Packages Delivered to Assist Needy Japanese" (p. 1), "Claims Queries and Answers" (p. 1), "Local JACL Chapter Plans to Tell Means to Service Claims Forms at Meeting" (p. 1).
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