• Creator
  • Davis, Charles
  • Created Date
  • 1998
  • Description
  • In this letter from Charles Davis to the Editor of the Smithsonian, Charles provides correct information regarding the ACLU's involvement in the Gordon Hirabayashi case in 1942. He writes, "Contrary to the statement on page 92 of Ken Chowder's piece about the ACLU (January, 1998), the organization deliberately refused to take 'a step of great courage' in support of Gordon Hirabayashi's challenge to the internment of persons of Japanese ancestr... more
    In this letter from Charles Davis to the Editor of the Smithsonian, Charles provides correct information regarding the ACLU's involvement in the Gordon Hirabayashi case in 1942. He writes, "Contrary to the statement on page 92 of Ken Chowder's piece about the ACLU (January, 1998), the organization deliberately refused to take 'a step of great courage' in support of Gordon Hirabayashi's challenge to the internment of persons of Japanese ancestry. By a 2-to-1 vote counted on June 16, 1942, the ACLU refused to assist with the Hirabyashi case as well as similar cases pending in California." Charles concludes his letter by saying, "It is false to credit the ACLU for wisdom, political will or courage it did not have when needed. When the chips were down in June, 1942, the ACLU had the guts of a Michael Dukakis." Charles Davis was a civil libertarian and political figure in the state of Oregon. During the internment of Japanese Americans he spoke out against the U.S. Government.... less
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    Correspondence (letter)
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