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Densho Oral History - Gordon Hirabayashi

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Published on Nov 14, 2012

During World War II, Gordon Hirabayashi defied the curfew and removal orders being enforced against Japanese on the West Coast. He turned himself in to the FBI, was found guilty, and served time for violating the curfew order and failing to report for "evacuation." In 1943 the Supreme Court upheld his convictions. In 1986, his case was reopened and his convictions surrounding the incarceration were vacated by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing in part that, "racial bias was the cornerstone of the internment orders." In this clip, Gordon talks about making the decision to resist the curfew.

This clip is an excerpt from Gordon Hirabayashi's oral history interview conducted May 25, 1999 (denshovh-hgordon-02-0013). To see the complete interview, visit the Densho Digital Archive (http://www.densho.org/archive).

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