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To Mr. Tom Clark, Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, From Alonso S. Perales, President, Committee of One Hundred, The League of Loyal Americans, October 31, 1944.

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To Mr. Tom Clark, Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, From Alonso S. Perales, President, Committee of One Hundred, The League of Loyal Americans, October 31, 1944.

Subject

LETTERS
CLARK, Tom C. (Tom Campbell), 1899-1977
PERALES, Alonso S., 1898-1960
RACE discrimination
DISCRIMINATION against Mexican Americans
UNITED States. Department of Justice
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
AFFIDAVITS

Description

Letter to Tom Clark, Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, from Alonso S. Perales , President of the League of Loyal Americans. The letter articulates that based on the list, compiled by Alosno Perales, the Department of Justice should investigate those towns and cities in the State of Texas who practice discrimination. Mr. Perales also writes that the War Department should investigate the discimination happening to American soldiers of Mexican descent.

Creator

Perales, Alonso S.

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Date

1944-10-31

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Content compilation of The Latino/Hispanic American Experience Leaders, Writers and Thinkers copyright 2012 by Arte Publico Historical Collections. All rights reserved.

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English

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pera0042

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WASHINGTON (D.C.)
SAN Antonio (Tex.)

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[Handwritten - San Antonio, Texas,]
October 31, 1944.

United States Department of Justice,
Washington, D.C.

Attention Mr. Tom Clark,
Assistant Attorney General, [Posted right side of letter]

Gentlemen:

On the 26th instant we mailed you about four pages containing considerable evidence of discrimination against Americans of Mexican origin and Mexicans generally. To-day we take pleasure in sending you pages 5, 6, and 7 to complete our report.

The affidavits and letters supporting these statements are in our files open to your inspection.

We sincerely hope that your Department will be in a position to take some action in this matter. If not, we will appreciate it very much if you will bring this evidence to the attention of His Excellency Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and also to the attention of the War Department. We believe that if your Department and the War Department would contact all these proprietors by mail or in person, you would [get] good results. We believe their answers to your plea would be [faborable]. Of course, should they say that they will not cooperate with our Federal Government to the extent of ceasing to discriminate against Mexicans and American soldiers of [Mexic_an] descent, then our Federal Government would do well to enact a law immediately. In this manner an end would be put to this shameful situation.

Thanking you in advance for a prompt reply, we remain

Yours very truly,
COMMITTEE OF ONE HUNDRED.
THE LEAGUE OF LOYAL AMERICANS.
By
(Alonso S. Perales)
President. [Signatory - posted to right side of letter]

Enclosures:
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Citation

Perales, Alonso S., “To Mr. Tom Clark, Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice, From Alonso S. Perales, President, Committee of One Hundred, The League of Loyal Americans, October 31, 1944.,” Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Digital Collections, accessed April 17, 2024, http://usldhrecovery.uh.edu/items/show/252.