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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Redress monitor, vol. 3, no. 1 (March 1990) (ddr-csujad-55-107)
doc Redress monitor, vol. 3, no. 1 (March 1990) (ddr-csujad-55-107)
Newsletter of the Japanese American Citizens League Legislative Education Committee. Columns include, "Message from the Chair," "States' Treatment of Redress Payments," "Toll Free Help Line for ORA," "What Does It Mean for Redress to be an Entitlement?" "Senate Decides Redress Should be Entitlement," "Responses to President's Signature," "Entitlement Chronology," "Summary of States' Treatment of Redress Payments," …
Sacramento JACL presents salute to Bob Matsui (ddr-csujad-55-2718)
doc Sacramento JACL presents salute to Bob Matsui (ddr-csujad-55-2718)
Bob Matsui was a graduate at University of California, Berkeley, in 1963. At UC Berkeley, he was both vice-president and president of the Nisei Student Club. In Sacramento, he was actively involved with the JACL and held positions of secretary, delegate to the national convention and chapter president. See this object in the California State Universities …
Florin Chapter of Japanese American Citizens League newsletter, April 24, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-82)
doc Florin Chapter of Japanese American Citizens League newsletter, April 24, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-82)
Newsletter of the Florin chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League covering issues related to incarceration including storage of personal items, members trained in first aid, care of pets, and address changes. Also includes a memorial statement for Hiroyuki [Kato] and recognition of individuals for their financial contributions. See this object in the California State Universities …
Letter from Sharon Tanihara to Cheryl, JACL National Headquarters, August 20, 1990 (ddr-csujad-55-2055)
doc Letter from Sharon Tanihara to Cheryl, JACL National Headquarters, August 20, 1990 (ddr-csujad-55-2055)
Correspondence from Sharon Tanihara to Cheryl at the Japanese American Citizens League National Headquarters regarding Tanihara's argument about her eligibility for redress payments, a request for names and addresses of JACL officers, and a rough draft of a letter to JACL officers about amendments to the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. See this object in the …
Orbiting into the 21st Century: 60th anniversary Japanese American Citizens League Florin Chapter (ddr-csujad-55-2700)
doc Orbiting into the 21st Century: 60th anniversary Japanese American Citizens League Florin Chapter (ddr-csujad-55-2700)
Pamphlet of the 60th anniversary Japanese American Citizens League Florin Chapter. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2864
American nightmare postcard (ddr-csujad-55-161)
img American nightmare postcard (ddr-csujad-55-161)
Postcard of the lithograph, American Nightmare, by Roger Leyonmark. Image originally published by Cleveland Plain Dealer and presented to the Japanese American Citizens League in 1983. Verso includes title, artist, publisher, and copyright information. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0163
Letter from Yuzuru John Takeshita to Mrs. Margaret Gunderson, September 17, 1987 (ddr-csujad-55-257)
doc Letter from Yuzuru John Takeshita to Mrs. Margaret Gunderson, September 17, 1987 (ddr-csujad-55-257)
Correspondence from Yuzuru John Takeshita to Margaret Gunderson. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0259
Day of remembrance 1990: a promise fulfilled (ddr-csujad-55-2691)
doc Day of remembrance 1990: a promise fulfilled (ddr-csujad-55-2691)
Pamphlet of 1990 day of remembrance sponsored by Japanese American Citizens' League. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2855
Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry, Form no. Cl. 1, George Hideo Nakamura, continues from form (ddr-csujad-55-2425)
doc Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry, Form no. Cl. 1, George Hideo Nakamura, continues from form (ddr-csujad-55-2425)
Itemized list of claims for George Hideo Nakamura. See also sac_jaac_2530. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2531
Japanese American incarceration: a case for redress (ddr-csujad-55-912)
doc Japanese American incarceration: a case for redress (ddr-csujad-55-912)
Leaflet by the Japanese American Citizens League promoting support for the redress of civil liberties violations against Japanese Americans during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0914
Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry, Form no. Cl. 1, George Hideo Nakamura, copy (ddr-csujad-55-2424)
doc Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry, Form no. Cl. 1, George Hideo Nakamura, copy (ddr-csujad-55-2424)
Copy of the form, "Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry" distributed by the Japanese American Citizens League. Current form completed by George Hideo Nakamura including an itemized list of personal property claims. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Old timers (years 1931-1942) (ddr-csujad-55-2605)
doc Old timers (years 1931-1942) (ddr-csujad-55-2605)
Complimentary publication for the fiftieth anniversary of Sacramento J.A.C.L. Chapter. Provides a history to organizing the Sacramento J.A.C.L. Chapter. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2769
Redress monitor, vol. 1, no. 1 (October/November, 1988) (ddr-csujad-55-106)
doc Redress monitor, vol. 1, no. 1 (October/November, 1988) (ddr-csujad-55-106)
Newsletter of the Japanese American Citizens League Legislative Education Committee. Columns include, "Message from the Chair," "JACL-LEC Obtains Legal Services," "John Nakahata Named Lead Council," "Fundraising Update," "Civil Rights Division's ORA Changes Name," "Supreme Court denies Class Action Suit," "ORA Administration," "Civil Liberties Act of 1988: Questions and Answers," "Board Member Profiles," and "Board Roster." See …
Redress monitor (May 1990) (ddr-csujad-55-108)
doc Redress monitor (May 1990) (ddr-csujad-55-108)
Newsletter of the Japanese American Citizens League Legislative Education Committee. Columns include, "ORA Update," "New ORA Deputy Administrator," "Congressional Hearings Underscore Department of Justice Commitment to Redress," "Eligibility Verification," "Most Canadians Will Receive Redress by September 1990," "Fundraising Update," "Jacobs vs Thornburgh," "Senator Spark Matsunaga Eulogized," "Aleuts Finally Get Payment for Internment: $12,000 Checks," "Matsui Speaks …
Letter from John Tateishi, Redress Director, National Committee for Redress, to Mrs. Mary T. Tsukamoto, April 12, 1982 (ddr-csujad-55-100)
doc Letter from John Tateishi, Redress Director, National Committee for Redress, to Mrs. Mary T. Tsukamoto, April 12, 1982 (ddr-csujad-55-100)
Typed correspondence from John Tateishi of the National Committee for Redress to Mary Tsukamoto, thanking her for her contribution to the Japanese American Citizens League redress fund. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0102
Congress apologizes on behalf of the nation (ddr-csujad-55-102)
doc Congress apologizes on behalf of the nation (ddr-csujad-55-102)
Supplementary article published in the Pacific Citizen covering the background of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the work of the Japanese American Citizens League and it's Legislative Education Committee, passage of the Redress Bill, the Office of Redress Administration, and eligibility for payments. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Japanese American incarceration: a case for redress (ddr-csujad-55-99)
doc Japanese American incarceration: a case for redress (ddr-csujad-55-99)
Pamphlet by the Japanese American Citizens League Legislative Education Committee promoting support for Senate Bill, S 1009, and House of Representatives Resolution, HR 442, which seek to redress civil rights violations against Japanese Americans during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0101
Tadashi Kanemoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-11)
doc Tadashi Kanemoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-11)
Oral history interview with Tadashi Kanemoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KANEMOTO_TADASHI
Shim Hiraoka interview (ddr-csujad-6-5)
doc Shim Hiraoka interview (ddr-csujad-6-5)
Oral history interview with Shim Hiraoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_HIRAOKA_SHIM
George and Jean Abe interview (ddr-csujad-6-1)
doc George and Jean Abe interview (ddr-csujad-6-1)
Oral history interview with George and Jean Abe. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_ABE_GEORGE_AND_JEAN
Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
doc Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
Oral history interview with Satoshi Kuwamoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KUWAMOTO_SATOSHI
Sadawo Yonaki interview (ddr-csujad-6-37)
doc Sadawo Yonaki interview (ddr-csujad-6-37)
Oral history interview with Sadawo Yonaki. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_YONAKI_SADAWO
Takashi Tsutsui interview (ddr-csujad-6-35)
doc Takashi Tsutsui interview (ddr-csujad-6-35)
Oral history interview with Takashi Tsutsui. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_TSUTSUI_TAKASHI
Robert Ohki interview (ddr-csujad-6-27)
doc Robert Ohki interview (ddr-csujad-6-27)
Oral history interview with Robert Ohki. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_OHKI_ROBERT
Toshiye Hirose interview (ddr-csujad-6-7)
doc Toshiye Hirose interview (ddr-csujad-6-7)
Oral history interview with Toshiye Hirose. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_HIROSE_TOSHIYE
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