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Statement by Dillon S. Myer regarding events occurring between November 1 and November 4, 1943, at the Tule Lake incarceration camp relating to a group of incarcerees who entered the center hospital and beat the chief medical officer, Dr. Reece M. Pedicord; release was to be embargoed until November 13, 1943. Provides background regarding Tule Lake's status as the only camp "maintained by the War Relocation Authority for segregation purposes" and discusses incidents of unrest, including a truck accident in which one incarceree was killed and many were injured; a work stoppage during which incarcerees refused to harvest crops; the use of "loyal evacuees from other centers" to perform this work; and the November events, during which a committee of incarcerees made demands of camp administrators, a rally drew up to around 4,000 people, and Myer addressed the crowd in response to events. The statement goes on to address construction of a fence to separate administrators and incarcerees, and the importance of public opinion concerning the Tule Lake camp. The Japanese American Archival Collection documents the people, places, and daily life of Japanese Americans, primarily those who lived in the once thriving community of pre-war Florin in the Sacramento region, as well as the conditions in American incarceration camps during World War II. The approximately 7,000 original items include personal and official letters, photographs, diaries, arts and crafts, newsletters, textiles, camps artifacts, yearbooks and other publications.
Official documents; Press releases 6 pages, typescript; 8.5 x 11 in. application/pdf