1942 December 07
This is a letter from an ex-United States soldier that had been relocated to Arkansas due to his Japanese ancestry. The soldier is angry that the Governor will not allow Japanese Americans to work outside the camps. He refers to the Governor as "Hitlerian" and a "saboteur" of his own country, by denying other Americans the right to help with the war effort. He does not sign his name to the letter, but calls himself, "Ex. U.S. Soldier."
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.
Letter, 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
McGehee, Desha County (Ark.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)
MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 58
Homer M. Adkins papers, MS.000404
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Letter from an ex-United States soldier interned at Rohwer, to Homer M. Adkins, Governor of Arkansas, 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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