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Date Created1943-11-06
DescriptionIn this letter, a white woman residing at Seabrook writes that although she and other workers had been promised free housing at Seabrook, the company was now attempting to charge them. The company's...
Time PeriodThe Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
Date Created1944-08-11
DescriptionA letter from Mary Dyckman, President of the New Jersey Consumers League, to Dr. Julius Levy, a state health official, details sanitary conditions at the camps and notes racial discrimination in the...
Time PeriodThe Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
Date Created1945-06-08
DescriptionThe Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) contacted the ACLU to express concern that Seabrook Farms might develop into a de facto relocation center if too many Japanese Americans were sent there....
Time PeriodThe Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
Date Created2015-11-18
DescriptionA November 2015 statement issued by David Bowers, the Democratic Mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, justifies barring Syrian refugees from resettlement in the city on the grounds that like Japanese...
Time PeriodPostwar Years (1945-1970)
Date Created1945-06-27
DescriptionCecil Roach fell ill after coming to the United States as a guestworker, and (illegally) went to Boston to receive care from his sister there. In this letter addressed to President Truman, Roach...
Time PeriodPostwar Years (1945-1970)
Date Created1944-05-06
DescriptionThis letter, from Bridgeton Mayor Bertram F. Aitken to C.F. Seabrook, discusses why town officials preferred relocated Japanese Americans to “the undesirable southern Negro labor.” Racist...
Time PeriodThe Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
Date Created1942-04-18
DescriptionA memo from the U.S. Embassy in Peru to the Peruvian Ambassador in Washington exemplifies widely-held beliefs that ethnic Japanese in the Americas were unassimilable. The letter contends that as "an...
Time PeriodThe Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
Date Created1945-05-25
DescriptionA letter from the principal of Bridgeton High School, Harry C. Smalley, praises Japanese American students and the ease with which they have been assimilated into the student body. Smalley claims that...
Time PeriodPostwar Years (1945-1970)
Date Issued1909
DescriptionThis postcard of Kuser’s duck pond is inscribed on the back: “How are you sis. I love my wife but o you kid. I have not heard from Tom or W. in over a [illegible - possibly "week"] sent a card to...
Time PeriodThe Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)
Date Created1900
DescriptionAddressed to Miss [?] Mabel F. Ryan [?], Belmar, NJ c/o J. C. Norris. Inscribed: "My dear Linda, This is [?]. Am all through my work here and nothing to do for two hours but look wise. Nothing to do...
Time PeriodThe Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)