This article studies a brief strike by Nikkei incarcerees at the Santa Anita Assembly Center in 1942. Employed in the industrial production of camouflage nets, the imprisoned Japanese Americans staged a strike over pay, worker safety, and rights. Without previous guidelines, the center’s administrators had to devise a resolution to this halt in the production of war materiel. The Santa Anita netmakers' strike and its resolution provided a foundation for handling labor disputes at the permanent WRA camps later. The author identifies the administration, division of labor, pay, and unsafe work conditions, along with the strike leadership, management’s response, and the outcome of the strike.
The 1942 Santa Anita Detainment Center Labor Strike and Japanese American Incarceration during World War II
Stephanie Hinnershitz is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Cleveland State University in Ohio where her research and teaching focus on immigration and political history of the twentieth century. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 2013. Her recent book, A Different Shade of Justice: Asian American Civil Rights in the South, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2017. Her next book, Wages of War: Japanese American Incarceration and Forced Labor during World War II, is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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Stephanie Hinnershitz; The 1942 Santa Anita Detainment Center Labor Strike and Japanese American Incarceration during World War II. Southern California Quarterly 1 August 2019; 101 (3): 285–316. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2019.101.3.285
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