1942 July 20
This letter is reminding Governor Adkins that the individuals being relocated are American citizens and that their rights are being violated and that the American public should provide an education for these individuals.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9022, creating the War Relocation Authority (WRA). The WRA selected ten sites in which to imprison more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, over two-thirds of whom were American citizens. Two of these centers were in the Arkansas Delta, one at Rohwer in Desha County, and the other at Jerome in sections of Chicot and Drew counties. Over 16,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated in these two centers between October 1942 and November 1945. Robbins Barstow was the first national director of the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council (NJASRC) beginning in May 1942. The NJASRC was created during World War II in order to help relocate the Japanese-American students into college campus in and around the relocation camps.
Letter, 2 pages, 8" x 10"
Adkins, Homer Martin, 1890-1964; Evacuation of civilians; Military assistance; Military camps; Camps; War; Japanese; Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Concentration Camps--United States--Arkansas; Internment camps; Relocation camps; Universities and colleges; college
Barstow, Robbins W.
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County (PA); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)
MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 34
Homer M. Adkins papers, MS.000404
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Letter, Robbins W. Barstow, director of National Japanese American Student Relocation to Governor Homer Adkins, Homer M. Adkins papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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United States History
Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643; Amon Guy Thompson papers, MG04582-MG04586; Austin Smith papers, 1942-1945, MG04350; Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, MG01299; Community Analysis Reports and Community Analysis Trend Reports of the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946, MG03846-MG03847; Japanese Camp papers, MG03848-MG03869
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