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The Fight for Asian American Civil Rights: Liberal Protestant Activism, 1900-1950

Sarah M. Griffith


During World War II, a group of American liberal Protestants set out to defend the constitutional rights of Japanese Americans interned without trial. The root of their wartime activism can be traced to the late nineteenth century when American imperial expansion and a surge in new immigration from Asia led to heated debates over the meaning of racial difference and the limits of American immigration inclusion. From the early 1900s through World War II, American liberal Protestants stood on the frontlines of these debates. This book explores the myriad religious, social, and political forces t ... More

Keywords: liberal Protestant, YMCA, modernist theology, racial liberalism, imperialism, nativism, 1924 Immigration Act, Japanese internment, internationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041686
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah M. Griffith, author
Queens University of Charlotte