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The Fight for Asian American Civil RightsLiberal Protestant Activism, 1900-1950$
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Sarah M. Griffith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041686

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041686.001.0001

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A Splendid Storehouse of Facts

A Splendid Storehouse of Facts

Establishing the Survey of Race Relations on the Pacific Coast

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(p.34) 2 A Splendid Storehouse of Facts
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The Fight for Asian American Civil Rights
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Sarah M. Griffith

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041686.003.0003

World War I shocked the internationalist sensibilities of American liberal Protestants, and they responded in the postwar era with renewed efforts to promote cultural and international education, anti-imperialism, and racial understanding to prevent future wars. Following their return from service in Japan, American missionaries leveraged relationships with powerful lay supporters to establish the Survey of Race Relations, an ambitious social scientific study that sought to identify the root causes of Asian-white racial discord on the Pacific Coast. Combining forces with religious lobbies like the National Committee on American-Japanese Relations, American missionaries launched a powerful attack on nativists on the Pacific Coast and in Congress in the years leading up to the 1924 Immigration Act.

Keywords:   George Gleason, National Committee on American-Japanese Relations, Survey of Race Relations, Robert E. Park, Institute of Social and Religious Research, National Committee for Constructive Immigration Legislation

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