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World War II marked a crossroads for Native Americans. Twenty-five thousand served in America's armed forces and forty thousand--including many Native American women employed in defense industries--secured jobs on the home front. The war years divided their past from their future, providing some with the skills and opportunities to enter mainstream society. For other Native Americans, wartime experiences affirmed the value of a renewed, reinvigorated Indian identity apart from the dominant society.This book is the first full account of Native American experiences from the 1930s to 1945 and the first to offer the Indians' perspective. It begins with their responses to the drift toward war in the 1930s, including their reactions to propaganda campaigns directed at them by Nazi sympathizers. It is also the only ethnohistory of their experiences during World War II. Included are the voices and recollections of Indian men who resisted the draft, of those who fought in Europe and the Pacific, and of Indian women on the homefront. The book is also a careful reinterpretation of John Collier's career as commissioner of Indian affairs during the Roosevelt years. Townsend argues that Collier's efforts to preserve traditional Native American lifeways inadvertently provided Indians the resources, training, and services necessary for assimilation in the post-war years.

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The first full ethnohistory of American Indian responses to, and participation in, World War II; beginning with the drift toward war in the 1930s, including their reactions to propaganda campaigns directed at them by Nazi sympathizers.

About the Author

Professor Kenneth William Townsend is a specialist in twentieth-century American history and the author of studies on the 1930s and World War II. He teaches at Coastal Carolina University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826320391
Author:
Townsend, Kenneth William
Author:
Little, Constance
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
History
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
284
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by , The first full ethnohistory of American Indian responses to, and participation in, World War II; beginning with the drift toward war in the 1930s, including their reactions to propaganda campaigns directed at them by Nazi sympathizers.
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