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Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II$
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Anne M. Blankenship

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469629209

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629209.001.0001

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The Organization of Christian Aid

The Organization of Christian Aid

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Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II

Anne M. Blankenship

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter Two surveys the actions of concerned Christians outside of the camps. Once Japanese Americans were confined, a proliferation of Christian organizations formed to aid incarcerees. Their greatest efforts went toward supporting worship in the camps and resettling Japanese Americans outside of the camps during the war. The latter required the transformation of public opinion in addition to finding employment and housing for former incarcerees. Publications and speakers encouraged Americans to welcome Japanese Americans as they left the camps. Seeking to decrease racism nationally, activists faced resistance from fearful and racist congregants and pastors. The Federal Council of Churches, the Home Mission Council of North America, the American Friends Service Committee, regional church groups, Christian missionaries, and churches around the country contributed organizational support, pastoral guidance, and material aid.

Keywords:   Racism, prejudice, social aid, public relations, Federal Council of Churches, American Friends Service Committee, missionaries, interdenominational relations

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