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“Profoundly moving accounts about the extraordinary individuals who acted our of conscience when others did not.”              
                                             –
Jeanne Wakatsuki Huston, author,    
                                               
Farewell to Manzanar

“...Brings to light the best kind of brave, ordinary heroics. It makes your heart feel proud of what humans of conscience can do even in cruel times.”      
                                            –
Jack Kornfield, cofounder,  
                                               Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

“Especially relevant to readers who are searching for ways to heal and reconcile the rifts that have been drawn in post 9/11 America.... [It] offers a valid moral vision of how ordinary individuals can make a difference in a world torn apart by war, racism and inequality.”
                                             – Russell Leong, editor,
                                               
Amerasia Journal, UCLA




After Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States was gripped by fear, anger and racial prejudice. In the name of national security, 120,000 Japanese Americans—innocent men, women and children, citizens and noncitizens alike—were incarcerated in American concentration camps. Not a single one was ever found guilty of espionage or sabotage.
In Good Conscience is the first thorough exploration of the relatively few Americans who recognized at the time that the United States government was committing a great wrong. Who had the courage to stand up for the Japanese Americans? What did they do? What price did they pay?
In today’s post-9/11, post-New Orleans climate, as homeland security, racism and classism continue to erode civil liberties, these vivid portraits of the courageous few who kept faith with a compassionate God and a just Constitution take on a compelling new relevance.
Author Shizue Seigel sketches vivid portraits of two dozen teachers, ministers and just plain folks who advocated for the Japanese Americans in the media, worked in the internment camps, safeguarded their property or helped them start new lives after leaving the concentration camps. In Good Conscience brings new insight into what transforms ordinary people into extraordinary advocates for justice and compassion.
In Good Conscience was made possible by  funding from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and  members and friends of MISNorCal.
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