Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II
By Anne M. Blankenship
296 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 14 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2919-3
Published: November 2016
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2920-9
Published: November 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2921-6
Published: October 2016
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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 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.
About the Author
Anne M. Blankenship is assistant professor of American religious history at North Dakota State University.
For more information about Anne M. Blankenship, visit the Author Page.
“This important work argues convincingly that to understand Japanese incarceration, it is essential to incorporate the role of protest movements within the U.S. religious community. Highly recommended.”--Choice
"Opens up [the story of how some American church people ministered to Japanese Americans in the camps] with skill, deep research, and compelling storytelling and analysis. It’s certain to become the definitive work on the subject. And it compels thought on how to respond to the current hysteria around other immigrant groups perceived to be disloyal."--The Christian Century
“[Blankenship] deftly demonstrates the complexities of white Christian programs and Nikkei religious practice and the importance of spiritual life to the incarceration story.”--Western Historical Quarterly
“Will likely spark productive classroom discussions about the complex layers of power, agency, struggle, and meaning in the religious experiences and ideologies of the incarcerated, the incarcerators, and bystanders.”--Reading Religion
“Succeeds as both cultural and religious history by providing a compelling discussion of the government’s attempt to uphold religious freedoms while simultaneously attempting to justify its suspension of civil liberties in the name of national security.”--American Historical Review
"The first full exploration of the role of Christianity among Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, this powerful book is a marvelous introduction to an unjustly neglected topic. Taking the study of Japanese Americans in a new direction, Anne Blankenship deepens our understanding not only of religious practice in the camps but of government regulation of freedom of religion. A vital addition to literature in religious studies, history, and ethnic studies."--Greg Robinson, Université du Québec à Montréal