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

Anne M. Blankenship


Anne M. Blankenship's study of Christianity in the infamous camps where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II yields insights both far-reaching and timely. While most Japanese Americans maintained their traditional identities as Buddhists, a sizeable minority identified as Christian, and a number of church leaders sought to minister to them in the camps. Blankenship shows how church leaders were forced to assess the ethics and pragmatism of fighting against or acquiescing to what they clearly perceived, even in the midst of a national crisis, as an unjust social system. Thes ... More

Keywords: Japanese American internment, social justice, World War II, Japanese Americans, ecumenism, Asian American theology, race relations, mainline Protestantism, Quakers, Roman Catholicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469629209
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne M. Blankenship, author
North Dakota State University