Original Sources and Research Concerning Census Bureau Efforts to Support Japanese Internment
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Jones, Christa D.
With each decennial census for the last 40-50 years, the question of whether the Census Bureau provided confidential data to facilitate the evacuation and relocation of the Japanese Americans during World War II (i.e., the “Japanese internment”) rematerializes, seemingly never resolved. The question is important because it speaks to the Census Bureau’s integrity. The attached spreadsheet is a catalog of documents and materials from the National Archives and various research papers. I gathered these materials starting in the mid-2000s through 2017 for the purpose of examining the question of whether the Census Bureau provided confidential data during the critical planning and implementation phase of the Japanese Relocation Program, otherwise known as the Japanese internment.
A memorandum for the files re. Census Bureau Efforts to Support Japanese Internment. Disclaimer: The resource “Documents and Citations” is a list of publicly available documents. There is no confidential information contained in the documents and all of the documents are publically accessible at the National Archives or online. The accompanying PDF is a summary of the author's personal views concerning these documents and the Census Bureau’s participation in the Japanese internment. It is not an official document of the Census Bureau and the views expressed herein are the author's own.
The work recorded here was undertaken by an employee of the U.S. Federal Government.
Japanese internment; war powers act; Title 13; confidentiality
Included in https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1208757 , cited in https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.20170627
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