Strikes and Resistance

in Concentration Camps on the Home Front

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226354767
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226354774 | DOI:
Strikes and Resistance

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This chapter shows how resistance to incarceration and its indignities was more widespread than it has been led to believe. In Arkansas, work crews in the fields refused to eat the paltry lunches they were given; timber cutters protested dangerous conditions, as one after another was injured or killed on the job; and despite official threats to terminate visits outside the camp, mechanics and other workers walked out in protest over white bigotry. Though inu or “dogs” were said to control the camp newspapers and to inform on fellow inmates in attempts to quell discontent, resisters somehow managed to mimeograph strike notices, which mysteriously appeared on latrine walls. Try as they might, government officials could not suppress hostilities. And Arkansas resisters at Jerome were transferred to the isolation center at Tule Lake at levels higher than any other camp.

Keywords: incarceration; resistance; Japanese Americans; concentration camps; discontent

Chapter.  9261 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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