Christianity, social justice, and the Japanese American incarceration during World War II / Anne M. Blankenship
- Blankenship, Anne M.
- Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 
[Getzville, New York] : William S. Hein & Company, 
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xii, 282 pages) : illustrations
- HeinOnline UNC Press law publications
HeinOnline religion and the law
HeinOnline civil rights and social justice
- The attack on Pearl Harbor & Executive Order 9066 -- The organization of Christian aid -- Building churches behind barbed wire -- Experiences of Christianity in the camps -- The end of Japanese ethnic churches.
- 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. These religious activists became acutely aware of the impact of government, as well as church, policies that targeted ordinary Americans of diverse ethnicities. Going through the doors of the camp churches and delving deeply into the religious experiences of the incarcerated and the faithful who aided them, Blankenship argues that the incarceration period introduced new social and legal approaches for Christians of all stripes willing to challenge the constitutionality of government policies on race and civil rights. She also shows how the camp experience nourished the roots of an Asian American liberation theology that sprouted in the sixties and seventies.
- Japanese Americans—Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
- World War, 1939-1945—Japanese Americans
- Christianity and justice—United States—History—20th century
- Human rights—Religious aspects—Christianity
- Japanese Americans—Religion
- Concentration camps—West (U.S.)—History—20th century
- Japanese Americans—Social conditions—20th century
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-271) and index.
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