Japanese American Redress Collection
NEIU has digitized materials and testimony from two events hosted at the University in 1981:
*Hearing before the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (Chicago), September 22-23, 1981
Northeastern Illinois University was chosen as the Chicago site for the historically significant Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) hearings that took place on September 22-23, 1981. These hearings investigated the legality of Executive Order 9066, a mandate issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II that forcibly evacuated and detained over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of whom were American citizens. Considered a threat to national security because of their ethnic background, the uprooted Japanese and Japanese-Americans were placed into internment camps and held for an average of three years.
*With Liberty and Justice for Some: The Case for Compensation to Japanese Americans Imprisoned During World War II Conference, September 19 and 21, 1981
This one-day conference - with a special address by former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Arthur J. Goldberg - was held at Northeastern Illinois University and meant to precede the hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians.