American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American by Eric L. Muller

By Eric L. Muller

American Inquisition: the search for jap American Disloyalty in international struggle II ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ, ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: The college of North Carolina PressАвтор(ы): Eric L. MullerЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2007Количество страниц: 214ISBN: 978-0-8078-3173-1Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 1.25 mb RAPIDили IFOLDER zero

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The number stayed at around that level in March, and then 36 : loyalty questionnaires Page 4 of George Ochikubo’s ‘‘registration’’ form, submitted February 18, 1943. Questions 27 and 28 appear toward the bottom of the form. (National Archives [College Park, Maryland], Record Group 60, File 146-42-107, series 1. ∞π In those three months, a total of 3 percent of the entire population of the wra camps filed requests to be removed to Japan. loyalty questionnaires : 37 But most devastating of all were the internees’ responses to Question 28, which directly asked the Nisei to forswear allegiance to Japan and pledge loyalty to the United States.

Or investigation,’’ DeWitt fumed in a telephone conversation with Allen Gullion, the army’s provost marshal general. ’’ Colonel Karl Bendetsen, an o≈cer from the Provost Marshal General’s Office (pmgo) who became one of DeWitt’s top legal assistants and an architect of the plan to evict Japanese Americans from the West Coast in the spring of 1942, fretted about the public relations disaster that he saw looming for the wdc. He worried that if the military now took the position that the loyalty of Japanese Americans could be ascertained, the public would demand to know why the government had spent ‘‘80 million dollars to build relocation centers’’ rather than screening the Japanese American population in the spring of 1942.

President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, signed on February 19, 1942, conferred on Lt. Gen. John L. π Within a month, DeWitt designated military zones encompassing the entire state of California, the western halves of Oregon and Washington, and the southern half of Arizona. When DeWitt proposed the exclusion of all American citizens of Japanese ancestry from those zones,∫ but not American citizens of Italian or German ancestry, he explained his focus on the Nisei in these terms: ‘‘In the war in which we are now engaged racial a≈nities are not severed by migration.

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