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American Inquisition: the quest for jap American Disloyalty in international 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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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. ∂ The wdc’s opposition to Nisei military service did not block the project entirely, but it did force something of a compromise. Rather than reopening the draft and assigning Nisei draftees to units throughout the army, which is what the wra wanted, the army agreed only to allow Japanese Americans to volunteer into the service, and it insisted that the Nisei would be permitted to serve in a segregated Nisei battalion.

As it happened, in late 1942 and early 1943, wra was deep in internal discussion about its own ideas for segregating and more closely confining some of the internees. Interestingly, however, the impetus to segregate came from the bottom up, rather than the top down. ≤π The sta√ of Myer’s ten relocation centers, however, felt otherwise. ≤Ω They were, as Dillon Myer candidly admitted in September of 1943, ‘‘people who[ ] we consider trouble makers but whom . . ’’≥≠ By mid-1943, the wra’s management realized that a formal program of segregation would allow the project directors to rid their camps of their troublemakers while at the same time emphasizing to the outside world that the internees whom the wra was releasing from the relocation centers for jobs in the interior were truly trustworthy.

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. The Japanese race is an enemy race and while many second and third generation Japanese born on United States soil, possessed of United States citizenship, have become ‘Americanized,’ the racial strains are undiluted.

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