Continental Imperialism and the Origins of the U.S. Way of War

Socialism 2017

August 15, 2017

The U.S. military originated in the English/U.S. settlers’ genocidal wars against Native Nations along the Atlantic coast and in the South and Ohio Valley, and continued with its march across the continent in wars that ended in 1890, at which time, the U.S. military moved into the Pacific and Caribbean, then the world. Air Force officer and military historian John Grenier writes: “For the first 200 years of our military heritage, then, Americans depended on arts of war that contemporary professional soldiers supposedly abhorred: razing and destroying enemy villages and fields; killing enemy women and children; raiding settlements for captives; intimidating and brutalizing enemy noncombatants; and assassinating enemy leaders.” Activist and author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will examine this formative period and the characteristics of the U.S. way of war.

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