The Nisei Go Back

Mitsuye Endo is a loyal U.S. citizen, born 24 years ago in Sacramento. Her eyes happen to slant upward because her ancestors were Japanese. In 1942, when the U.S. Army uprooted 110,000 people of Japanese blood from their truck gardens and berry patches along the West Coast, Mitsuye Endo landed in a War Relocation center at Topaz, Utah.

This week the Supreme Court of the U.S. unanimously agreed that Citizen Endo —and, by implication, any other loyal Japanese-American—has a right to live where she pleases. Justice Frank Murphy denounced "the unconstitutional resort...

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