Berkeley, California: Committee on American Principles and Fair Play, . 8” x 5”. Stapled self-wrappers. Pp. 19. Very good: one-inch stain at center of inner margin of wrappers, as well as first and last two leaves not affecting text; inked address on front wrapper; light overall wear.
This is a pamphlet created by the Committee on American Principles and Fair Play (CAPFP). CAPFP was organized in 1941 to mobilize residents of California to combat discrimination against those of Japanese ancestry. The group also sought to recognize the constitutional rights of Japanese Americans who served in the United States military. This pamphlet contains testimonials of American and Japanese American soldiers excerpted from newspaper and magazine articles, speeches, and letters.
The excerpt on the cover, credited to Commander Wm. P. Haughton and appearing in the California Legionnaire of February 15, 1944, clarified the theme of the pamphlet:
“'Numerous persons of Japanese ancestry are now serving with the armed forces of our country on the battle fronts, and according to all reports, are serving valiantly and well . . . We salute all men and women who love this country enough to fight and, if needs be, die for it. Every person good enough to fight for us is entitled to our respect and equal protection under the constitution.'”
A photograph on the cover showed Sergeant Ben Kuroki in conversation with Marine Private Terrell Tennant in Berkeley, California, while its verso has testimonials from each man. Twenty more testimonials follow, eleven from Americans of non-Japanese descent extolling the virtues of their comrades of Japanese ancestry, and nine from Japanese American soldiers conveying their experiences in the war, including another by Kuroki. Two of those men served with the All Nisei Unit of the 442nd Infantry Regiment.
Reasonably well-represented at institutions, but scarce in the trade, this is a fine example of American soldiers standing up for the rights of their Japanese American brethren in arms. Very good. Item #2722