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This correspondence addresses the possibility of bringing Japanese Americans to Kansas as laborers. In the first item, from The Topeka Building and Construction Trades Council, Frank Black, Secretary-Treasurer of the Council, argues that Japanese Americans laborers should not be brought to Kansas because of their "uncanny, treacherous, and barbarian instinct." Furthermore, Black contends that men such as himself will "never submit to any program which will elevate these barbarians to a point of superiority or even on a par with those who are doing our fighting." The second item, a letter from Mr. Black to Governor Schoeppel, explains that The Topeka Building and Construction Trades Council has sent its concerns to Mr. Leiker, and Kansas's Senators and Representatives in Washington. The final item, dated April 14, 1943, contains Governor Schoeppel's response to Mr. Black. In the letter, Governor Schoeppel explains that the idea to bring Japanese Americans to Kansas was developed by the U.S. Government, not by anyone in Kansas.

Date: April 07, 1943-April 14, 1943

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This item can be used to help students understand the debate that raged in Kansas over the use of Japanese Americans as laborers in Kansas. Showcasing the race and ethnic divisions that existed in America during World War II, the item is an excellent example of tensions on the home front during the conflict.

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

Item Number: 217358
Call Number: Governor's Records, Governor Andrew Schoeppel, Box 63, Folder 13
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 217358

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