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Warring over Valor

How Race and Gender Shaped American Military Heroism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Simon Wendt (editor) Simon Wendt (Contributions by)
George Lewis (Contributions by)
Ellen D. Wu (Contributions by)
Matthias Voigt (Contributions by)
Steve Estes (Contributions by)
Simon Hall (Contributions by)
Amy Lucker (Contributions by)

ISBN: 9780813597546

Publication Date: Aug 2018

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

By focusing on how the idea of heroism on the battlefield helped construct, perpetuate, and challenge racial and gender hierarchies in the United States between World War I and the present, Warring over Valor provides fresh perspectives on the history of American military heroism.
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By focusing on how the idea of heroism on the battlefield helped construct, perpetuate, and challenge racial and gender hierarchies in the United States between World War I and the present, Warring over Valor provides fresh perspectives on the history of American military heroism. The book offers two major insights into the history of military heroism. First, it reveals a precarious ambiguity in the efforts of minorities such as African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, women, and gay men to be recognized as heroic soldiers. Paradoxically, America's heroism discourse allowed them to press their case for full membership in the nation, but doing so simultaneously validated the dichotomous interpretations of race and gender they repudiated. The ambiguous role of marginalized groups in war-related hero-making processes also testifies to this volume's second general insight: the durability and tenacity of the masculine warrior hero in U.S. society and culture. Warring over Valor bridges a gap in the historiography of heroism and military affairs.
Pages 224
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2018
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series War Culture
Subject/s Regional & national history   History of the Americas   Gender studies, gender groups   Historiography   Social discrimination   Military history  
Simon Wendt is an associate professor of American studies at the Goethe University of Frankfurt in Germany. He is the author or coeditor of several books, including The Spirit and the Shotgun: Armed Resistance and the Struggle for Civil Rights.

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