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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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“The Injustice of Internment”

“The Injustice of Internment”

Expanding Coalitions in the Internment Era

(p.103) 5 “The Injustice of Internment”
The Fight for Asian American Civil Rights

Sarah M. Griffith

University of Illinois Press

Following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, liberal Protestants leveraged their influence among officials in the War Relocation Authority to launch their most powerful attack to date on anti-Japanese racial discrimination. Through the Committee on National Security and Fair Play, they challenged the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066 and strategized methods to ensure the quick release of Japanese Americans held without trial. With the help of allies such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the American Council on Race Relations, and the Council on Civic Unity, liberal Protestants developed plans to ensure the long-term protection of Japanese American civil liberties in the decades following the war.

Keywords:   Internment, Committee on National Security and Fair Play, Executive Order 9066, War Relocation Authority, American Civil Liberties Union, Council on Civic Unity

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