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U.S. Patriotism in Indian Country after World War I

Thomas Grillot

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A forgotten history that explores how army veterans returning to reservation life after World War I transformed Native American identity

Drawing from archival sources and oral histories, Thomas Grillot demonstrates how the relationship between Native American tribes and the United States was reinvented in the years following World War I. During that conflict, twelve thousand Native American soldiers served in the U.S. Army. They returned home to their reservations with newfound patriotism, leveraging their veteran cachet for political power and claiming all the benefits of citizenship—even supporting the termination policy that ended the U.S. government’s recognition of tribal sovereignty.

Thomas Grillot is editor-in-chief of the online publication La Vie des Idées, the author of Après la Grande Guerre, and a researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

“This is an exceptionally original and important book.”—D. Steeples, Choice

"A detailed, very well-written work. With much new material, it explores new areas and adds much to our knowledge of American Indian World War I veterans, their postwar experiences, and respective cultures. It is an important and welcome addition to Native American Studies."—William C. Meadows, Great Plains Quarterly

“Grillot’s significant work serves as a challenge for other scholars exam­ining Native military service because his use of patriotism, if examined carefully, provides a new critical lens with which to examine Native veterans.”—John Little, Journal of Arizona History

"Grillot's study examines the ways Indigenous veterans, along with their Euro-American comrades, made meaning out of Indigenous participation in the War to End All Wars after the armistice. . . .Grillot's history of Indian country's patriotism expands broader understandings of the legacy of World War I in the United States."—Matthew Villeneuve, H-Net Reviews

“Thomas Grillot has rendered an understudied story in a compelling manner and brought the topic to the forefront for further consideration. In the process, he has successfully taken the standard story well beyond the usual assertion that soldiering in the First World War automatically led to citizenship.”— Steven c. Schulte, South Dakota History

Finalist in the 2019 Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize, sponsored by the Univ. of Nebraska Ctr. for Great Plains Studies
ISBN: 9780300224337
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
312 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
8 b/w illus.