“Do it for Your Grandchildren”. A Missed Opportunity: the Legacy of the Redress Movement’s Divide

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dustin Eric Williams (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Tracey Rizzo

Abstract: The Japanese Reparations Movement also known as the Redress Movement sought to gain reparations for the relocation and internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. These civilians were detained without trial by executive order because they were related to the new enemy. Starting in 1979 with the formation of a research commission, and ending in 1988 with the signing of the Civil Liberties Act, internment was brought into the public eye, and reparations were granted. Internment however was never officially and explicitly put on trial in front of the supreme court. Because of a split between the Japanese American Citizens League, and the newly founded, National Council for Japanese American Redress who disagreed on what form Redress should take, the JACL pursuing the successful congressional pathway, and the NCJAR pursuing a lawsuit against the Government of the United States. Internment was never officially challenged. By studying the Washington and Seattle transcripts of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, the JACL newspaper, and the NCJAR newsletter, as well as other documents of communication between these two groups, this paper seeks to examine the dynamics of the split and the Redress movement as a whole, while showing that both sides knew there was a legal loophole left open by not putting internment on trial, but that a disagreement as to the necessity of patching that loophole led to the failed lawsuit.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
Redress Movement, World War II, Japanese Americans, internment

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