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What I’m Reading: Farewell to Manzanar – 23 in a series – “…the government cannot detain loyal citizens against their will.”

August 21st, 2019 No comments

“The final case challenged the internment itself. Soon after she was evacuated, in April 1942, Mitsue Endo, a twenty-one-year-old Nisei and an employee of the California State Highway Commission, had filed a petition for habeus corpus, protesting her detention at Topaz Camp in central Utah. She spent two and a half years awaiting the high court’s decision, which was that she had been right: the government cannot detain loyal citizens against their will.”

From Farwell to Manzanar by by Jeanne Wakatsuki Housto and James D. Houston

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 28 in a series – “Like a fish in a net…”

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What I’m Reading: Silver Like Dust – 27 in a series – “…it was possible to forget that the world was at war, and that they were its prisoners.”

August 21st, 2019 No comments

“Even the guards seemed interested in the game. From their towers they would watch, their machine guns resting on their laps. When an especially good play was made, they would clap and holler their support. In these moments of excitement, when a man dashed around the bases, when a young boy sprawled into the dirt to make an impressive catch, when the crowds cried out in excitement, it was possible to forget that the world was at war, and that they were its prisoners.”

From  Silver Like Dust by Kimi Cunningham Grant

What I'm Reading: Those were hakujin beaches. Whites-only beaches.

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 39 in a series – “The Office identified dozens of U.S. rallies organized by the IRA.”

August 21st, 2019 No comments

“The Office identified dozens of U.S. rallies organized by the IRA. The earliest evidence of a rally was a “confederate rally” in November 2015.85 The IRA continued to organize rallies even after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The attendance at rallies varied. Some rallies appear to have drawn few (if any) participants, while others drew hundreds. The reach and success of these rallies was closely monitored [REDACTED: Harm to Ongoing Matter]”

Excerpt From The Mueller Report: Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election
Robert S. Mueller

“By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S. persons through their social media accounts. Multiple IRA-controlled Facebook groups and Instagram accounts had “hundreds of thousands of U.S. participants.”

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What I’m Reading: The Second Coming of the KKK – 18 in a series – “… the WCTU, called for prohibiting not only liquor but also tobacco, prostitution,…”

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“A pair of anti-liquor organizations—the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and the Anti-Saloon League (ASL)—also passed on their genes to the Klan. The larger association, the WCTU, called for prohibiting not only liquor but also tobacco, prostitution, immorality in entertainment, and Sunday store opening.”

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition by Linda Gordon

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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 2 in a series – “…an elaborate plot to bug the offices of the Democratic National Committee…”

August 21st, 2019 No comments

“The first paragraph of the story read: “Five men, one of whom said he is a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, were arrested at 2:30 A.M. yesterday in what authorities described as an elaborate plot to bug the offices of the Democratic National Committee here.

Indeed, the thought that the break-in might somehow be the work of the Republicans seemed implausible. On June 17, 1972, less than a month before the Democratic convention, the President stood ahead of all announced Democratic candidates in the polls by no less than 19 points.”

All The President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

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What I’m Reading: Farewell to Manzanar – 22 in a series – “Outside of school we had a recreation program…”

August 20th, 2019 No comments

“Outside of school we had a recreation program, with leaders hired by the War Relocation Authority. During the week they organized games and craft activities. On weekends we often took hikes beyond the fence. A series of picnic groups and camping sites had been built by internees—clearings, with tables, benches, and toilets. The first was about half a mile out, the farthest several miles into the Sierras. As restrictions gradually loosened, you could measure your liberty by how far they’d let you go—to Camp Three with a Caucasian, to Camp Three alone, to Camp Four with a Caucasian, to Camp Four alone.”

From Farwell to Manzanar by by Jeanne Wakatsuki Housto and James D. Houston

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 27 in a series – “I learned there were some objections to the existence of our school…”

August 20th, 2019 No comments

“At our second meeting I learned there were some objections to the existence of our school; and sure enough, we had scarcely got to work—good work, simply teaching a few colored children how to read the gospel of the Son of God—when in rushed a mob, headed by two class-leaders, Mr. Wright Fairbanks and Mr. Garrison West, and with them Master Thomas. They were armed with sticks and other missiles, and drove us off, commanding us never to meet for such a purpose again..”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

Why I'm Reading: He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.

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What I’m Reading: Silver Like Dust – 26 in a series – “…were crammed into the makeshift housing at Pomona…”

August 20th, 2019 No comments
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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 38 in a series – “The IRA organized and promoted political rallies…”

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