The Enemy in Our Hands: America's Treatment of Enemy Prisoners of War from the Revolution to the War on Terror

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University Press of Kentucky, 2010 - History - 468 pages
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Revelations of abuse at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and the U.S. detention camp at Guant namo Bay had repercussions extending beyond the worldwide media scandal that ensued. The controversy surrounding photos and descriptions of inhumane treatment of enemy prisoners of war, or EPWs, from the war on terror marked a watershed momentin the study of modern warfare and the treatment of prisoners of war. Amid allegations of human rights violations and war crimes, one question stands out among the rest: Was the treatment of America's most recent prisoners of war an isolated event or part of a troubling and complex issue that is deeply rooted in our nation's military history?Military expert Robert C. Doyle's The Enemy in Our Hands: America's Treatment of Prisoners of War from the Revolution to the War on Terror draws from diverse sources to answer this question. Historical as well as timely in its content, this work examines America's major wars and past conflicts -- among them, the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and Vietnam -- to provide understanding of the UnitedStates' treatment of military and civilian prisoners. The Enemy in Our Hands offers a new perspective of U.S. military history on the subject of EPWs and suggests that the tactics employed to manage prisoners of war are unique and disparate from one conflict tothe next. In addition to other vital information, Doyle provides a cultural analysis and exploration of U.S. adherence to international standards of conduct, including the 1929 Geneva Convention in each war. Although wars are not won or lost on the basis of how EPWs are treated, the treatment of prisoners is one of the measures by which history's conquerors are judged.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Prisoners of Independence
11
Habeas Corpus
32
The Second American Revolution
49
Manifest Destiny versus Nativism
69
Prisoners of Politics
89
Indians as POWs in America
113
Spaniards and Insurrectos
136
Prisoners at War
247
Vietnam Quagmire
269
To Desert Storm and Beyond
292
Iraqi Freedom Abu Ghraiband Guantánamo
310
The Evolution of New Paradigms
334
Appendixes
351
Notes
371
Bibliography
415

Over There and Over Here
159
Pensionierte Wehrmacht
179
The Reborn
202
After the Victory
223
Index
439
Back Cover
469
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Robert C. Doyle, professor of history at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, is the author of A Prisoner's Duty: Great Escapes in U.S. Military History and Voices from Captivity: Interpreting the American POW Narrative. He has been a history consultant on multiple films and documentaries, including Hart's War (2002). He lives in Steubenville, Ohio.

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