H.R.442: Nisei Veterans and the Fight
for Civil Liberties
Date Run: 4/8/18 – 9/16/18
August 10th 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan signing the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 into law, granting a formal apology from the United States government and monetary reparations for those of Japanese ancestry and Aleuts during World War II.
Many years in the making, the Japanese American veterans of WWII had an impact on this journey to achieve this legislation. In fact, the resolution which became the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, House Resolution 442 (H.R.442), was intentionally named to honor the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Focusing on several important stories, H.R.442: Nisei Veterans and the Fight for Civil Liberties highlights the contributions from battlefields to justice of Senator Spark Matsunaga, Senator Daniel Inouye, and Kazuo Masuda.