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American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War

This groundbreaking history tells the little-known story of how, in one of our countrys darkest hours, Japanese Americans fought to defend their faith and preserve religious freedom.The mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is not only a tale of injustice; it is a moving story of faith. In this pathbreaking account, Duncan Ryken Williams reveals how, even as they were stripped of their homes and imprisoned in camps, Japanese American Buddhists launched one of the most inspiring defenses of religious freedom in our nations history, insisting that they could be both Buddhist and American.Nearly all Americans of Japanese descent were subject to bigotry and accusations of disloyalty, but Buddhists aroused particular suspicion. Government officials, from the White House to small-town mayors, believed that Buddhism was incompatible with American values. Intelligence agencies targeted the Buddhist community for surveillance, and Buddhist priests were deemed a threat to ...

Title : American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War
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ISBN : 9780674986534
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 344 pages
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