Posted by: Ed Darrell | February 9, 2011

World War II, Japanese internment in America: Documentary film from 1944

“A Challenge to Democracy,” by the War Relocation Board. This film defends the relocation of 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II (1941-1945, according to TEKS).

What do you think? Is that right? Or, was that right, to put American citizens behind fences in out-of-the-way locations, because of their ancestry?

“These people are not under suspicion,” the narrator says. “They are not prisoners, they are not internees. They are merely dislocated people, the unwounded casualties of war.”

According to the Internet Archive, the film is a 1944 production. That site has the film available for download in several formats. The film is collected in the Prelinger Archives. On my computer, some of the Internet Archive versions offer better quality than the Google Video version above.

I originally found the film at a school site in Washington, Mr. Talmadge’s Wikispace site, apparently for his classes in the history of the State of Washington. That site has a very useful series of links to good sites on the internet for information about the Japanese internment. There are several other topics noted there, too, including the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Whitman Massacre in Oregon, and the Nez Perce Retreat. I’d love to see Mr. Talmadge’s plan for the year.

(Borrowed with permission from Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub.)

This is mostly an encore post.

What do you think about this little point of history?

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