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Paul C. Rosier
Villanova University (Villanova, PA 19085-1478)

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2005 – 8/31/2005

Race, Place, and Patriotism in Cold War Native America, 1941-1973

This project traces the evolution of Native Americans’ nationalist and racial identities in the crucible of the Cold War, from the end of World War II to the end of the Vietnam War. I explore the ways in which Native Americans used the Cold War rhetoric of freedom and democracy to defend Indianness and the cultural and political space known as the “reservation” during the Termination movement of the 1950s and 1960s, which attacked their sovereignty and land base through legislation and relocation policies. I emphasize how the Cold War and Termination contexts merged to foster an internationalist perspective among Native activists that dovetailed with and drew upon a burgeoning decolonization movement.