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Sunday, September 25, 2022

On this date in 1971, the Japanese American Citizen League won its fight to repeal the Emergency Detention Act of 1950, which gave the government the authority to detain suspected subversives without due process. During the McCarthy era, because of the “Communist scare”, this act was passed to root out communists and, prompted by the Black Movement, the Japanese activists launched a national campaign to use the Internment of the Japanese as a history lesson to repeal this act.