Serving Their Country: American Indian Politics and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century

Serving Their Country: American Indian Politics and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century

by Paul C. Rosier
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674066235

ISBN-13: 9780674066236

Pub. Date: 09/03/2012

Publisher: Harvard

Over the twentieth century, American Indians fought for their right to be both American and Indian. In an illuminating book, Paul C. Rosier traces how Indians defined democracy, citizenship, and patriotism in both domestic and international contexts.

Battles over the place of Indians in the fabric of American life took place on reservations, in wartime service,

Overview

Over the twentieth century, American Indians fought for their right to be both American and Indian. In an illuminating book, Paul C. Rosier traces how Indians defined democracy, citizenship, and patriotism in both domestic and international contexts.

Battles over the place of Indians in the fabric of American life took place on reservations, in wartime service, in cold war rhetoric, and in the courtroom. The Society of American Indians, founded in 1911, asserted that America needed Indian cultural and spiritual values. In World War II, Indians fought for their ancestral homelands and for the United States. The domestic struggle of Indian nations to defend their cultures intersected with the international cold war stand against termination—the attempt by the federal government to end the reservation system. Native Americans seized on the ideals of freedom and self-determination to convince the government to preserve reservations as places of cultural strength. Red Power activists in the 1960s and 1970s drew on Third World independence movements to assert an ethnic nationalism that erupted in a series of protests—in Iroquois country, in the Pacific Northwest, during the occupation of Alcatraz Island, and at Wounded Knee.

Believing in an empire of liberty for all, Native Americans pressed the United States to honor its obligations at home and abroad. Like African Americans, twentieth-century Native Americans served as a visible symbol of an America searching for rights and justice. American history is incomplete without their story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674066236
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/03/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,140,696
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Prologue: An Empire for Liberty
  • 1. Westward the Course of Empire
  • 2. The Defense of the Reservation
  • 3. World War II Battlegrounds
  • 4. The Cold War on the Indian Frontier
  • 5. Nation Building at Home and Abroad
  • 6. The Last Indian War
  • Epilogue: Indian Country in the Twenty-first Century
  • List of Archival Sources
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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