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Conscience and the Constitution (2000)

Americans refused to be drafted from the concentration camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Ready to fight, but not before their rights as U.S. citizens were restored and families released.


Frank Abe


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Credited cast:
Jim French Jim French ... (voice)
Lawson Fusao Inada Lawson Fusao Inada ... Himself - Narrator
Mako ... Singer in jail (voice)
Stephen Sumida Stephen Sumida ... (voice)
George Takei ... Resister (voice)


Americans, organized as the Fair Play Committee, refused to be drafted from the concentration camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming.The largest organized resistance to incarceration, leading to the largest trial for draft resistance in U.S. history. Japanese American leaders and veterans ostracized them as traitors. The resisters served two years in prison, and for the next 50 were written out of the official history of Japanese America. Written by spl

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"They fought on their own battlefield"


Documentary | War



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23 May 2000 (USA) See more »

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A lesser known story
7 June 2005 | by alacritine-infoSee all my reviews

I was aware of the general history regarding the mass internment of American citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII. But I had no idea that there were people who were willing to take a stand for their principles in that time of uncertainty. All Japanese-Americans were not "quiet Americans". Its an inspiring and eye opening look at history that has renewed meaning in today's political climate.

Its very educational regarding how the JACL acted during the war and afterwards. The way the resisters were treated and in some ways are still treated is not something that this country and the JA community can be proud of. This an excellent look into what really happened and is a must for a complete history of the internment. There is a story beyond what the JACL promoted for years, this is an important part of the rest of that story.

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