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The first code talkers, Native American communicators in World War I, William C. Meadows

The first code talkers, Native American communicators in World War I, William C. Meadows
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-349) and index
contains biographical information
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
The first code talkers
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Responsibility statement
William C. Meadows
Series statement
The civilization of the American Indian series, volume 281
Sub title
Native American communicators in World War I
"An ethnohistory of known Native American Code Talkers of World War I, exploring the origins of code talking, misconceptions and popular myths, recognition of military service, and the impact on code talkers during World War I"--, Provided by publisher"The first full account of these forgotten soldiers in our nation's military history, The First Code Talkers covers all known Native American code talkers of World War I--members of the Choctaw, Oklahoma Cherokee, Comanche, Osage, and Sioux nations, as well as the Eastern Band of Cherokee and Ho-Chunk, whose veterans have yet to receive congressional recognition. William C. Meadows, the foremost expert on the subject, describes how Native languages, which were essentially unknown outside tribal contexts and thus could be as effective as formal encrypted codes, came to be used for wartime communication. While more than thirty tribal groups were eventually involved in World Wars I and II, this volume focuses on Native Americans in the American Expeditionary Forces during the First World War. Drawing on nearly thirty years of research--in U.S. military and Native American archives, surviving accounts from code talkers and their commanding officers, family records, newspaper accounts, and fieldwork in descendant communities--the author explores the origins, use, and legacy of the code talkers. In the process, he highlights such noted decorated veterans as Otis Leader, Joseph Oklahombi, and Calvin Atchavit and scrutinizes numerous misconceptions and popular myths about code talking and the secrecy surrounding the practice. With appendixes that include a timeline of pertinent events, biographies of known code talkers, and related World War I data, this book is the first comprehensive work ever published on Native American code talkers in the Great War and their critical place in American military history."--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
The origins of Native American code talking -- The Eastern band of Cherokee Indians -- The Oklahoma Choctaw -- The Oklahoma Choctaw after the war -- The Oklahoma Cherokee, Comanche, Osage, Sioux, and Ho-Chunk -- Recognition -- The legacy of Native American code talkers in World War I -- Conclusion -- Appendices. US Army campaigns in World War I ; World War I code talker biographies ; World War I messages sent in Choctaw ; Code talker timeline, 1918-2020
Native American communicators in World War I
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