Documents of Japanese American Internment, 1st Edition

  • Linda L. Ivey
  • Kevin W. Kaatz
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  • ISBN-10: 1440853908
  • ISBN-13: 9781440853906
  • DDC: 940.53
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released January 2021
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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This document collection sheds light on Japanese American internment through the voices and perspectives of those who directly experienced this event as well as those who created the policy behind it. It provides a wide range of first-hand accounts, government reports, and media responses that offer better understanding of the events of this unfortunate period, with contextualizing information to help students understand content they may come across in their research. This format accommodates a wide range of documents that includes a variety of viewpoints and perspectives, such as eyewitness pieces (personal narratives, letters; and first-hand accounts); media pieces (newspaper articles, op-ed articles, and reactions and responses to the events); and government and legislative pieces (laws, proclamations, rules, etc.). Includes a preface, introduction, and guide to primary documents, plus the text or excerpt of each document with an introduction, and additional readings.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in the Eyewitness to History Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Evaluating and Interpreting Primary Documents.
1: The Decision: Why Mass Relocation and Internment?.
2: Document 1.1 “Report on the Effects of the Japanese War on the Japanese Alien and Native-Born Vegetable Growers of California,” 1941.
3: Document 1.2 J. L. DeWitt, “Action of the Congressional Committee Handling Enemy Aliens on the West Coast,” 1942.
4: Document 1.3 Agricultural Leaders of Santa Cruz County, “Recommendations for the Agricultural Development of Santa Cruz County,” 1942.
5: Document 1.4 Hiroshi Korematsu, “Cooperative Farm Project for Alien Resettlement,” 1941.
6: Document 1.5 Executive Order 9066, 1942.
7: Document 1.6 J. L. DeWitt, “Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast, 1942”.
8: Document 1.7 Memo from J. Edgar Hoover to the Attorney General Refuting Statements Made in DeWitt’s “Final Report,” 1944.
9: The Architects: The State and the Military in Constructing the Internment.
10: Document 2.1 J. L. DeWitt, “Final Report,” Chapter 9: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast, 1942.
11: Document 2.2 Relocation to Salt Lake City: M. S. Eisenhower to Mr. P. Hetherton, 1942, and Paul J. Harley, “Confidential Memorandum,” 1942.
12: Document 2.3 J. L. DeWitt, “Final Report,” Chapter 13: “Assembly Center Location, Construction and Equipment,” 1942.
13: Document 2.4 “Instructions on Evacuation of Tanforan Assembly Center,” 1942.
14: Document 2.5 U.S. Government, Excerpts from The Relocation Program: A GUIDEBOOK for the Residents of Relocation Centers, 1943.
15: Document 2.6 War Relocation Authority, Transcript from A Challenge to Democracy, 1942.
16: Document 2.7 Fiscal Agent of the United States, “Memorandum of Functions and Operations of the Evacuee Property Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as Fiscal Agent of the United States, and Suggested Procedure for Cooperation of Other Banks in Administration of Evacuation Program,” 1942.
17: Document 2.8 The Heart Mountain Relocation Center: “Highlights of Remarks by C. E. Rachford to First Heart Mountain Colonists” and Excerpts from Heart Mountain Sentinel, 1942.
18: Document 2.9 Charles F. Ernst and Rev. Taro Goto, Topaz Times, 1942.
19: Document 2.10 Documents on Student Relocation, 1942.
20: The Interned: The Removal and Internment Experience.
21: Document 3.1 Excerpt from Monica Sone, Nisei Daughter, 1954.
22: Document 3.2 Life in Tanforan: Selections from Tanforan Totalizer, 1942.
23: Document 3.3 Letter from Sakae Yamane to J. Elmer Morrish, 1943, and Letter from Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to the First National Bank of San Mateo County at Redwood City, 1945.
24: Document 3.4 Letter from Mrs. Kuni Yatabe to J. Elmer Morrish, 1943.
25: Document 3.5 Selected Editorials from Tanforan Totalizer, 1942.
26: Document 3.6 Excerpts from Ramblings High School Yearbook, 1943, 1944.
27: Document 3.7 “Digressions,” Trek, 1942.
28: Document 3.8 The No-No Controversy: Topaz Times, 1943.
29: The Allies and the Critics: Voices from Outside the Camps Respond.
30: Document 4.1 Ray Lyman Wilbur et al., Letter to Gen. J. L. DeWitt, March 24, 1942.
31: Document 4.2 American Friends Service Committee, Recruiting Japanese American Internees, November 17, 1942.
32: Document 4.3 Excerpts from the Bainbridge Island Review, 1941–1943.
33: Document 4.4 Allies for Day-to-Day Business: Letters to and from Banker J. Edgar Morrish, 1942–1944.
34: Document 4.5 Internment Photographers: Works of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, 1942–1943.
35: Document 4.6 War Relocation Authority, Excerpts from Legal and Constitutional Phases of the WRA Program, 1944.
36: Document 4.7 Milton S. Eisenhower, Excerpts from The President Is Calling, 1974.
37: The Americans: Reflections on Citizenship, Rights, and Power in the United States.
38: Document 5.1 Korematsu v. United States, 1944.
39: Document 5.2 Takao Ozawa v. United States, 1922.
40: Document 5.3 On Leaving Camps and Fear of Violence: Topaz Times and “Imperial Valley Holds ‘Anti-Jap’ Meeting,” 1945.
41: Document 5.4 Letters Home: Alameda, 1954.
42: Document 5.5 The Emergency Detention Act of the Internal Security Act (Title II) and Its Repeal, 1950.
43: Document 5.6 Public Law 100–383, 1988, and Apology Letter and Checks, Reparation Movement, 1990.
44: Document 5.7 Neil Nakadate, “Go for Broke,” 2013.
45: Document 5.8 Connections to 9/11: Alice Ito Interview with Pramila Jaypal, 2004.
About the Authors.