American Concentration Camps VOLUME 4 April, 1942

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American Concentration Camps Volumes 1-9 Collection

Volume 4 divides into three sections. Description about this volume reads directly from the book as follows: Section 1 contains archival documents from April 1942 about the growing opposition of western officials outside of the West Coast to having Japanese Americans moved to their localities. Section 2 contains the Federal government Surveys of Public Opinion dated January 1942 to August 1942 that thoroughly and unscientifically attempted to gauge public opinion, done by the federal Office of Government Reports. The surveys were also circulated among high government officials. Section 3 contains documents dated March 1942 to November 1944 that concerns the complex relationship between the Japanese American Citizens League and the Federal Government. The leadership of the Japanese American Citizens league, as the correspondence here shows, perceived that the political heads of the U.S. Army, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson and Assistant Secretary John J. McCloy and his uniformed staff, were likely targets of a "how to win friends and influence people" approach which even included small gifts. Perceptively, no such approach was made to General John L. DeWitt, Colonel Karl R. Bendetsen, or their subordinates. In recent years, there has been increasing criticism of what some have termed the "over-enthusiastic collaboration" between the JACL and the Army.

c. 1989




Courtesy of Roger Daniels, Densho