Japanese Americans Anxious to Establish Their Status as United States Citizens in December, 1941 (Japanese Internment Press Image)
Portland, OR: The Oregonian, 1941.
Original silver gelatin press image, 9.25" x 7. A very early image of Japanese Americans responding to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the rising anti-Japanese sentiment in the Untied States, with the date of "Dec 15 1941" rubber-stamped to verso. In the days immediately after Japan's December 7, 1941 attack, local defense councils on the West Coast implemented new identification paper requirements for Japanese Americans. Clipping glues to verso of image reads" Anxious to establish their status as United States citizens and escape the laws restricting Japanese nationals, many American-born Japanese Sunday flocked to the Multnomah County courthouse, there they received special identification papers. A portion of the crowd which applied for recognition is shown above answering questions and being fingerprinted by the city and county officers. County officials estimated that 1000 were eligible for papers in Portland." Very Good. Item #140942902