American Concentration Camps VOLUME 6 June, 1942- December, 1942

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American Concentration Camps Volumes 1-9 Collection

Volume 6 divides into six sections. Description about this volume reads directly from the book as follows: Section 1 presents archival documents from June 1942 that show the first major modifications of relocation policies and depict the resistance by Western Defense Command to any amelioration of the condition of the Japanese Americans. Section 2 contains selected pages from a Congressional Record from June 22, 1942 which debates a bill to authorize the incarceration of any person of Japanese ancestry anywhere in the United States or its territories is but one more example of the willingness of some members of Congress to go farther than the executive branch was willing to go. Section 3 features archival documents from July 1942 that show the increasing uneasiness of officials in the interior western states to which Japanese Americans were being shipped. Section 4 features Reports of Civilian Agencies to the Wartime Civil Control Administration from June 1942. These largely self-congratulatory reports, produced by agencies, assisted the Army in the process of getting the Japanese Americans into camp "humanely." Section 5 features a collection of documents from the Army Inspections of Assembly Centers from July 1942 that demonstrates that the living and sanitary conditions that prevailed in the Army-run Assembly Centers were often deficient. Section 6 presents archival documents from August 1942 to December 1942 that attempt to justify the relocation. Section 7 includes a Digest of Newspaper Editorials by Western Defense Command from January 31, 1942 to December 9, 1942 which support Western Defense command policies and some press for even more stringent measures against the Japanese Americans.

c. 1989




Courtesy of Roger Daniels, Densho