North American Indians in the Great War / Susan Applegate Krouse ; photographs and original documentation by Joseph K. Dixon.
Contributor(s): Dixon, Joseph Kossuth.Material type: TextSeries: Studies in war, society, and the military: Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2007Description: 248 p.,  p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780803227781 (cloth : alk. paper); 0803227787 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780803227934; 0803227930.Subject(s): World War, 1914-1918 -- Participation, Indian | World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives | United States -- Armed Forces -- IndiansAdditional physical formats: Online version:: North American Indians in the Great War.DDC classification: 940.4/03
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -239) and index.
Serving for duty and justice -- Battlefield experiences around the world -- On the front lines as scouts and runners -- Killed in action and other casualties of war -- Noncombat service -- Proud to be a warrior -- The discouraging return home -- Soldiers but not citizens.
More than twelve thousand American Indians served in the United States military in World War I, even though many were not U.S. citizens and did not enjoy the benefits of enfranchisement. Using the words of the veterans themselves, as collected by Joseph K. Dixon (1856-1926),North American Indians in the Great Warpresents the experiences of American Indian veterans during World War I and after their return home. nbsp; Dixon, a photographer, author, and Indian rights advocate, had hoped that documenting American Indian service in the military would aid the Indian struggle to obtain general U.S. citizenship. Dixon managed to document nearly a quarter of the Indians who had served but was unable to complete his work, and his records languished unexamined until now. Unlike other sources of information on Indian military service collected by government officials, Dixon's records come primarily from the veterans themselves. Their comments reveal pride in upholding an Indian tradition of military service as well as frustration with the U.S. government. Particularly in its immediacy and individuality, Dixon's documentation of American Indian veterans of World War I adds greatly to our understanding of the experiences of American Indians in the U.S. military.