Prisons and patriots: The “Tucsonian” draft resisters and citizenship during War II
This dissertation examines the lives and wartime resistance of a group of forty-one Nisei men (Americans of Japanese ancestry) who resisted the draft as a means of protesting their incarceration during World War II. While serving time in the same federal prison for violating Selective Service laws, they became acquainted for the first time and remained life-long friends after the war's end. They supported each other for more than sixty years amidst pressure to hide their identities as resisters, because the majority of Nisei preferred to forget this chapter in American history. This group called themselves the "Tucsonians," and this dissertation begins to tell their story. This study is based on oral histories and archival research and examines citizenship as a contested relationship between individuals and the state.
Minority & ethnic groups;
0631: Minority & ethnic groups