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Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Temporary Assembly Center and describing early days there, including lack of regular work and schooling schedules and of appropriate food for children; scouts and boys' clubs being in development; religious services on Sundays attracting nearly 2000 people; and the need to wait for community facilities such as laundry and mess halls. Suzuki thanks Miller for his work and states that "the nipping of creative endeavor will be the worst evil." Reverend Wendell L. Miller was pastor of the University Methodist Church, Los Angeles. He became involved in local politics when gambling and prostitution began edging toward the area surrounding the University of Southern California (USC) campus. Miller founded the Citizens Independent Vice Investigating Committee (C.I.V.I.C.), which also campaigned against crime and corruption in City Hall, ultimately resulting in the recall of Mayor Frank L. Shaw. The collection documents Miller's involvement with C.I.V.I.C., and includes announcements, bulletins, correspondence, newspaper clippings, news releases, pamphlets, radio addresses, speeches, statements, and related items. There is also a small amount of material documenting Rev. Miller’s anti-war activities including letters from Japanese Americans sent to incarceration camps during World War II.
Correspondence 1 page and 1 envelope, typescript application/pdf
World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Living conditions World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Religion World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Social and recreational activities World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Education World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Food Activism and involvement Community activities--Associations and organizations World War II--Support from the non-Japanese American community World War II--Administration--Wartime Civil Control Administration Geographic communities--California
Arcadia, California Temporary Assembly Centers--Santa Anita
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