In Defense of Japanese American Rights, Part 2

Saturday Jun 16 2018   2:00 PM
Berkeley Public Library  2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA  map

During the 1940s, all too few white Californians opposed President Roosevelt’s executive order that removed and incarcerated all people of Japanese descent living on the west coast. Local historian Chuck Wollenberg will discuss some of those principled Californians in two programs at the Berkeley Public Library. In this—the second of two episodes—Wollenberg will discuss the Berkeley-based Fair Play Committee and its leader, Berkeley activist Ruth Kingman. Kingman engaged in effective lobbying, even in Washington D.C., on behalf or Japanese Americans. But she was also forced to make some serious compromises. Ultimately, she credited the Nikkei themselves for her political success.

Free and open to the public; more info about this event here. Part 1 info here.

Charles WollenbergCharles Wollenberg, former Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of History at Berkeley City College, is coeditor, with Marcia A. Eymann, of What’s Going On? California and the Vietnam Era (University of California Press, 2004) and author of Marinship at War: Shipbuilding and Social Change in Wartime Sausalito (Western Heritage, 1990) and Berkeley: A City in History (University of California Press, 2008).