Unit Pride: Ethnic Platoons and the Myths of American Nationality

  title={Unit Pride: Ethnic Platoons and the Myths of American Nationality},
  author={Richard Slotkin},
  journal={American Literary History},
  pages={469 - 498}
  • R. Slotkin
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • Art
  • American Literary History
We are watching a movie about American soldiers at war. A small unit is about to engage the enemy. They form ranks and the sergeant calls the roll, reeling off a list of names (the camera shows their faces one by one) that is obviously intended to repre- sent the mixture of ethnic, regional, and (usually) racial groups that compose our heterogeneous population. The movie might be Bataan (1943), A Walk in the Sun (1946), Fixed Bayonets (1951), All the Young Men (1960), The Dirty Dozen (1965… 
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