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Title
Letter from Frank Herron Smith to J. H. Peiper, Federal Bureau of Investigation, May 4, 1945
Creator
Smith, Frank Herron, 1879-1965: author
Date Created and/or Issued
1945-05-04
Contributing Institution
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections
Collection
CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
Rights Information
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Description
Smith urges FBI action be taken to stop injustices done to Japanese American citizens during World War II. Letter mentions correspondence from a Japanese pastor in Livingston, California, near Modesto and Merced, describing "no less than eight shooting incidents in which night-riders have shot into the homes of our church members." Smith also describes shooting and arson incidents at Orisi, Selma, Concord, Santa, Cressy, and Livingston; bemoans the "inept[itude]" and "inefficien[cy]" of "country sheriffs" and the legal system in holding perpetrators responsible for such incidents; and mentions that he and others, who had not favored resettling people until after the war, will work to protect those loyal to the United States. Smith states that these incidents are a "disgrace to our country," especially in light of the UNCIO Conference [The United Nations Conference on International Organization].
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Papers of two generations of the Smith family, Dr. Frank Herron Smith and his son Dr. Morris Eugene “Gene” Smith, including vintage broadsides and government reports on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and correspondence from the elder Smith to government officials advocating for improved treatment and safety for returning incarcerees.
NEH Planning 2014; ark:/13030/c8js9sqr
Type
text
Format
application/pdf
Identifier
065-1-a-01-01-01
slo_smi_0001
http://cdm16855.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16855coll4/id/306
Language
English
Subject
Geographic communities--California
Race and racism--Violence
World War II--Leaving camp--'Resettlement
Place
Berkeley,] California
Source
Special Collections and Archives, Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University
Relation
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
http://lib.calpoly.edu/support/findingaids/ms065-smith/
Smith Family Papers on World War II

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