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American Inquisition: the quest for eastern 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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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.

These sorts of views were in fact rather common in the United States in the early to mid-twentieth century. This was an era in which highly racialized extensions of Darwinian theory had captured broad segments of American society. Racial nativists had spent decades arguing for the racial superiority of certain categories of white people and the corresponding inferiority of people of African, Asian, and Southern and Eastern European descent. American scientists in the field of eugenics were exploring the claimed heritability of not only physical traits but also intelligence, mental illness, and proclivities to various sorts of disapproved behaviors.

38 : loyalty questionnaires ∏: processing loyalty at the japanese american joint board all of the pressures on Nisei loyalty, freedom, and segregation came to a head in the spring and summer of 1943, as the War Relocation Authority (wra) and the War Department tried to deal with the unanticipated and disturbing results of their registration program. In a basic way, the two departments had tried to marry their loyalty screening e√orts in January of 1943, when they agreed that they would undertake registration jointly and coordinate the processing of registration’s results through the intradepartmental Japanese American Joint Board (jajb).

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