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The First Strange Place: Race and Sex in World War II Hawaii
As the forward base and staging area for all U.S. military operations in the Pacific during World War II, Hawaii was the "first strange place" for close to a million soldiers, sailors, and marines on their way to the horrors of war. But Hawaii was also the first strange place on another kind of journey, toward the new American society that would begin to emerge in the post ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published 1992)
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This is a really interesting, thoughtful book about Hawaii during the Second World War. The island chain was seen as unimaginably foreign by servicepeople, both white and black, stationed there from the U.S. mainland—its ethnic diversity and the degree to which the different populations interacted, while far from making Hawaii a bastion of racial harmony and equality, marked it out as being entirely unlike the still provincial and segregated Lower 48. Yet Hawaii was still an American territory, ...more