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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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(p.207) Epilogue
Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II

Anne M. Blankenship

University of North Carolina Press

The Japanese problem compel[led] the church to face other minority problems.

—Executive Secretary Mark Dawber, Home Missions Council of North America

Christian efforts to confront the incarceration of Japanese Americans revealed shifting attitudes about diversity within American Christianity, the role of race in America, and the limits to which religious institutions will comply with unjust government policy. Progressive Christian leaders addressed systematic and personal discrimination that rent the United States. Only Quakers and a few individuals actively opposed the incarceration from its inception. Joined by Roman Catholics and mainline Protestants, who eventually lobbied for its end, they organized campaigns to alleviate the crisis, educate white parishioners, and minister to incarcerated Christians. Japanese Americans responded to the incarceration and the mixed responses of churches by forming new theologies and negotiating compliance with directives made on their behalf....

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