Crossing the Pond: The Native American Effort in World War II

May 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 11-4: All Our Children Are Special, Media Reviews

By Jeré Bishop Franco
University of North Texas Press- Denton
1999, 232 pages

Review by Anita Scheetz, Fort Peck Community College Librarian

This title is number seven in the series “War and the Southwest.” The book includes extensive research documenting the involvement of Native Americans in the World War II effort. Jeré Bishop Franco discusses the intensive push by the Nazi element to exploit Native Americans for the Third Reich. Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Collier and his policies are discussed at great length in the beginning of this book.

Most tribal members considered military service a duty and honor. There are many personal accounts, stories, and feelings of those participating in the war. The book is well researched and documented.–useful for researchers or those who have a personal interest in the topic. After reading several of the current popular books about World War II, I found this book timely and unusual. It contains a lot of history that the average person, Native or not, will have missed in other publications.

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