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American Inquisition: the quest for jap American Disloyalty in global conflict 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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This was a need that had emerged as early as May of 1942, when Japanese Americans were still in the wcca assembly centers. Sugar beet producers, seeing the incarcerated Nisei as a huge pool of cheap labor, began lobbying the federal government intensively for help. When the White House got involved on the growers’ behalf, wcca and the wra acceded to their demands and began issuing furloughs—first in small numbers from the assembly centers, and later, as the fall harvest approached, in large numbers from the relocation centers.

But when administrators at the wra learned that the army was planning to canvas the relocation centers for recruits, and to distribute loyalty questionnaires, they recognized that this presented a perfect opportunity to bolster the wra’s nascent ‘‘all out’’ relocation program. The wra therefore asked that the military teams distribute loyalty questionnaires not just to draft-age men in the camps but to all adult internees. ∏ Screening tens of thousands of internees for loyalty to the United States loyalty questionnaires : 33 A group of Nisei at the Amache Relocation Center in Colorado listen to an army o≈cer’s presentation about the loyalty questionnaires they were expected to complete in February of 1943.

Under that plan, ‘‘[a] Joint Board . . ’’ This Japanese American Joint Board (jajb) would have two main responsibilities: it would make recommendations to the wra ‘‘concerning the release of . . ’’π Once the wra and the military joined forces to bring about the mass loyalty screening of all adult internees, the process moved forward with stunning speed. ’’∫ They went equipped with two very similar questionnaires—the ‘‘DSS-304A’’ for draftage Nisei and the ‘‘wra-126’’ for female Nisei and all Issei.

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