Exploring the Indigenous Experience of Saipan in World War II

Author(s): Stephanie N Soder

Year: 2018


During World War II in the Pacific, the Battle of Saipan became one of the pivotal successes of the United States military to turn the tide of war. Unfortunately, this success came at a cost to the residents of the island, and while the Japanese civilian experience has been largely studied, the indigenous experience has been bypassed. By exploring the development of the construction on the island and civilian holding camps by U.S. military and Saipan civilians, the impact sustained from the Battle of Saipan on island life and indigenous culture can be evaluated. This will contribute to a broader analysis of the indigenous experience during the battle and resulting impacts that helped shape modern island life. This research will serve as thesis development and a Phase I archeological survey of the holding camps will be conducted in an effort to unearth supporting material culture.

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Exploring the Indigenous Experience of Saipan in World War II. Stephanie N Soder. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441733)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 764