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This coresspondence, between Governor Schoeppel and W.H. von der Heiden of Newton, Kansas, addresses the problems related to the possibility of using Japanese Americans as laborers in Kansas. In his letter to Governor Schoeppel, von der Heiden argues that Japanese Americans would only cause problems in Kansas because "they are of a different race, religion, and political beliefs." Furthermore, von der Heiden contends that "many have relatives fighting us and will resent us in this war and, when matters grow worse for Japan, you may expect anything from them."

Date: March 29, 1943-April 01, 1943

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This item can be used to introduce students to the debate regarding the possible use of Japanese Americans as laborers in Kansas during World War II. Indicative of the mistrust toward Japanese Americans durign the period, this item plainly states the reasons why many in Kansas where opposed to their presence within the state.

11th Grade, Benchmark 2, Race and Ethnic Relations (indicator 7)

Item Number: 217312
Call Number: Governor's Records, Governor Schoeppel, Box 63, Folder 13
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 217312

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