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Mothers' Darlings of the South PacificThe Children of Indigenous Women and U.S. Servicemen, World War II$
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Judith A. Bennett and Angela Wanhalla

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851521

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851521.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

A New Net Goes Fishing

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific
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Judith A. Bennett

Angela Wanhalla

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824851521.003.0001

The origin of this study is followed by a brief survey of histories of the war in the Pacific, and the challenges of research into intimacy and private life. The U.S. government and military-constructed barriers to marriage of servicemen and indigenous women are detailed along with the attitude of colonial administrators and missionaries to such relationships and the resultant children. The social and economic effects of the U.S. occupation are considered in a region where a range of presumptions about race, morality, and sexual behavior abounded and were applied to Pacific peoples.

Keywords:   historiography, oral history, law, racism, marriage, colonial governments, social attitudes, missionaries

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