Integrating the US military: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation since World War II

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One of the great ironies of American history since World War II is that the military—typically a conservative institution—has often been at the forefront of civil rights. In the 1940s, the 1970s, and the early 2000s, military integration and promotion policies were in many ways more progressive than similar efforts in the civilian world. Today, the military is one of the best ways for people from marginalized groups to succeed based solely on job performance.

Integrating the US Military traces the experiences of African Americans, Japanese Americans, women, and gay men and lesbians in the armed forces since World War II. By examining controversies from racial integration to the dismantling of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" to the recent repeal of the ban on women in combat, these essays show that the military is an important institution in which social change is confirmed and, occasionally, accelerated. Remarkably, the challenges launched against the racial, gender, and sexual status quo in the postwar years have also broadly transformed overarching ideas about power, citizenship, and America’s role in the world.

The first comparative study of legally marginalized groups within the armed services, Integrating the US Military is a unique look at the history of military integration in theory and in practice. The book underscores the complicated struggle that accompanied integration and sheds new light on a broad range of comparable issues that affect civilian society, including affirmative action, marriage laws, and sexual harassment.

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display_description "Integrating the US Military is an edited collection that examines the US Army's role and place in progressive social change through the lens of the military experience of African Americans, women, and gays since World War II. By making this long overdue comparison, the editors argue this anthology demonstrates how the challenges launched against the racial, gender, and sexual status quo in the years after World War II transformed overarching ideas about power, citizenship, and America's role in the world. This anthology's major contribution is synthesizing recent scholarly work on the history of minorities and women in the US military. It does so by examining connections between GIs and civilian society in the context of ideologies of race, gender, and sexuality. Given the militarization of American society since World War II, revealing the links between these legally marginalized groups within the Armed Services is historically significant in its own right. At the same time, this comparison also sheds new light on a broad range of issues that affected civilian society, such as affirmative action, integration, marriage laws, and sexual harassment. Integrating the US Military is a book designed for college students, military professionals, policy makers, and general readers. Allowing readers to view the history of several civil rights movements within the Armed Forces will prompt them to rethink the way they understand the history of social movements. It will also help them to better understand the relationship between the military and American society. Finally, readers will gain a historical perspective on recent debates about the rights of gays in the military and the implications of deploying women in combat."--Provided by publisher.
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table_of_contents Terror, anger, and patriotism: understanding the resistance of black soldiers during World War II / Douglas Bristol -- Nisei versus Nazi: Japanese American soldiers in World War II / James M. McCaffrey -- Does the sex of the practitioner matter? Nursing, civil rights, and discrimination in Army Nurse Corps in the 1947-1952 / Charissa Threat -- An attractive career for women: opportunities, limitations, and women's integration in the Cold War military / Tanya Roth -- African Americans, civil rights and the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War / James E. Westheider -- Reform in ranks: the history of the defense race relations institute, 1971-2014 / Isaac Hampton, II -- Men's and women's liberation: challenges to the warrior myth in the wake of the Vietnam war / Heather Marie Stur -- Family planning in the military in the era of Roe v. Wade / Kara Dixon Vuic -- The dream that dare not speak its name: legacies of the civil rights movement and the fight for gay military service / Steve S. Estes -- Conclusion / Douglas W. Bristol, Jr. and Heather Marie Stur.
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