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American womens' Cold War uniforms reflected official uncertainty about how the regular army's new women should look.
On the necessary and vital roles women served in supporting the activities of early modern armies.
The relationship between women and military institutions altered radically from the mid 19th century to World War I, because of the changing place in society of both women and the military.
Civilian women in large numbers volunteered for military-related health and welfare services in World War I, donning military-style uniforms as a symbolic claim to full citizenship.
Catalog of the West Point in the Making of America exhibition.
Abstract: This article traces the history of the Families for Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA), a community organized formed and led by Vietnamese women in Virginia. Founded as a self-help group in 1977 to offer support for women whose male relatives were detained in reeducation camps after the Vietnam War, the FVPPA grew into a national organization boasting more than one thousand members. This article tells the story of how Khuc Minh Tho, president of the FVPPA, and her all-female team spearheaded a campaign to free reeducation camp prisoners and reunite their families. The FVPPA propelled the politically sensitive issue of reeducation camp prisoners onto the national stage by mobilizing community members, lobbying public officials and humanitarian organizations, and politicizing family separation. In showing how Vietnamese women crafted social networks and fashioned their own politial identities, this article considers the important role that Vietnamese women have played as community organizers, diplomats, and political leaders.
Abstract: During the Vietnam War, more than three million people were displaced in South Vietnam between 1965 and 1969. US officials and the government of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) struggled to address the ever-growing crisis of internally displaced people. What role did displaced populations play in the war? How were displaced civilians mobilized to advance military objectives and nation-building projects? This article examines how the US and the RVN offered competing interpretations of the role of displaced populations as they sought to address the "refugee problem" in South Vietnam. It examines how the RVN and the US transformed displaced civilians from a burden to an "asset of war," a phrase used by officials to recognize the ideological and political importance of using refugees to achieve territorial security and to gain political legitimacy for the South Vietnam government. American and South Vietnamese officials, this article shows, generated a multitude of administrative categories to define who was and who was not a refugee, revealing the instability of the refugee category and how internally displaced groups were weaponized for different purposes. The voluntary and involuntary movement of villagers, such as Montagnard ethnic groups in central Vietnam, also demonstrated the ways in which the US and RVN sought to engineer population movements in service of the war effort, which inadvertently contributed to the growing refugee problem. The ways in which the US and RVN deployed refugees as "assets of war" in the 1960s laid the groundwork for constructing refugees as politically useful in the post-1975 era.
This master's thesis explores the social and administrative history of the Wallops Island, V.A. launch facility during the early years of NASA.
A look at the invention and development of this energy-efficient light source.
A wide range of energy technologies are covered in this 3 volume set. Though primarily devoted to the current state of the technologies, a substantial amount of historical background (including many brief biographical sketches) is included.
Written for second-grade students, this book introduces both how light bulbs work and their history.
An overview of the history of fuel cells. The article presents the differing types of cells, and explores why after 180 years they remain outside the mainstream of electrical generation technology.
This interdisciplinary dissertation examines federal policies affecting electric lighting since the 1880s. After an initial introductory phase, lighting policies developed during two distinct periods separated by a time of transition. Recently enacted standards mark the start of a new transition in which policy makers should reconsider how they use lighting to achieve goals.