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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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New Hebrides

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Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific

Judith A. Bennett

University of Hawai'i Press

In terms of their great numbers, Americans in the New Hebrides had relatively few social interactions with the local women. Some intimate relations were forced and/or brief. Women who were less embedded in their natal societies were more likely to interact with Americans. Relationships of more emotional depth revealed the several racial boundaries to marriage. In terms of their mother’s situation and their upbringing and adult lives, children of such unions display a range of outcomes and attitudes. Many still seek their fathers, while some lack any such motivation, often determined by their relationship with their mothers. Foster fathers, some with flawed characters, feature dramatically in the lives of some, for good or evil.

Keywords:   New Hebrides, marriage, incest, fostering, mobility, military, consul

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