Lecture Description

This lecture rethinks the attack on Pearl Harbor from the perspective of Native Hawaiian history. Seen from Hawaiʻi, the attack comes into sight as an event in the conflict between the American and Japanese empires in the Pacific, and as a turning point that would change the history of Hawaiʻi, bringing out statehood in 1959. At the same time, the lecture explains why Native Hawaiians remember different attacks (the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the 1898 annexation by the United States) as being the real turning point in their history.


Public History and Memory World War II

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