The Dutch-American Involvement in War: U.S. and Abroad (Central College, Pella, Iowa 2013)

ROBERT P. SWIERENGA, NELLA KENNEDY, AND LISA ZYLSTRA, EDS. DUTCH AMERICANS AND WAR: UNITED STATES AND ABROAD. HOLLAND, MI: VAN RAALTE PRESS, 2014.

Dutch Americans and War coverPapers from the Nineteenth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies (AADAS), Pella, Iowa, June 2013.

Since the mid-nineteenth century, the successful prosecution of American wars involved the entire population. Wars had become total, including immigrant groups, like the Dutch, who were caught up in conflicts before they had mastered the language of the land or before they had even become citizens. Wars actually hastened assimilation as immigrants stood shoulder to shoulder with Americans of all nationalities in fighting the nation’s wars and defending the home front by their labor and sacrifice.

This volume recounts Dutch American responses from the Civil War to the Vietnam War, both as citizens and soldiers.

Paperback: 400 pages

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2013 Pella Program

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