Opinions Throughout History: War and the Military looks at the fascinating history of America’s military, from the rag-tag militias that fought for American independence in the revolution, to the imperialism of the early 1900s, to becoming the world’s most powerful military-industrial complex. Chapters within the book examine such issues as military spending, the politics of militarization, the ethics and morality of nation-building and military occupation, and the treatment of veterans in the United States. Primary documents include articles from popular periodicals, political speeches, and historical documents providing a deeper look into the development and evolution of the military and commentary from important figures who lived through essential moments in U.S. military history. Other issues discussed will include nuclear proliferation, drones and emerging technology, and racial and gender equality in the military.
Chapters in this volume explore a variety of relevant topics, including:
- The formation of the first national military and the Revolutionary War
- The history of military education and the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy, "West Point Academy"
- The American Civil War and the roles of Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson
- The U.S. army actions targeting Native American communities
- Trench warfare and the development of new equipment during World War I
- The history of women in the U.S. military
- World War II
- The Tuskegee Airmen and the Tuskegee experiments
- The invention of nuclear weaponry
- The anti-war movement during the Vietnam War
- Operation Desert Storm and the Gulf War
- How the 9/11 attacks changed attitudes on the use of American military forces to combat terrorism
- The history of LGBTQ individuals serving in the branches of the military, and more
This series offers a wide range of insights into long-standing issues that Americans are most concerned about and those that have encouraged vigorous debate among politicians and citizens at large. Using carefully chosen original documents that cover a wide time span, Opinions Throughout History weaves a thoughtful and easy-to-understand analysis of how public opinion is formed and evolves, starting the discussion at an historical, seminal moment, and ending with where we stand today.
This comprehensive, timely volume is a must for large public libraries, university libraries, and social science departments, along with high school libraries.
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