Monday, May 16, 2022
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
New paper details Hawaii and Hawaiians’ surprising roles in the U.S. Civil War
By News Release @ 4:30 AM :: 5498 Views :: Energy, Environment

New paper details Hawaii and Hawaiians’ surprising roles in the U.S. Civil War

News Release from HPU October 16, 2012
HONOLULU – The U.S. Civil War remains one of the defining moments of American history, not only affecting the nation, but also the future state of Hawai‘i. New research published by a Hawai‘i Pacific University history professor documents the significant role of Hawaiians in the war for the first time, confirming more than 100 Hawaiian soldiers and sailors who served in the conflict.
“Native Hawaiians participated on both sides of the Civil War,” said Justin Vance, Ed.D., assistant professor of History and assistant dean of Military Campus Programs. “There were 114 Hawaiian-born troops, mostly in the Union.”
(Historical aside: Twenty-one of those individuals had attended Hawai‘i’s Punahou School, known more recently as President Barack Obama’s high school alma mater.)
The Effects of the American Civil War on Hawai‘i and the Pacific World” was published by Vance and co-author Anita Manning, an associate in Cultural Studies at Honolulu’s Bishop Museum, in the October issue of the history journal World History Connected.
“Hawaii’s close relationship economically, diplomatically and socially with the United States ensured that the wake of the American Civil War reached the Hawaiian Islands,” according to Vance and Manning. “The wake of the American Civil War reached and changed the Kingdom of Hawaii and the Pacific. It influenced the diplomatic decisions and interrupted treaty pursuits.”
The paper also includes speculation on why Hawaiians joined the military, political and economic discussion on domestic and international politics, and economic discussions of whaling and sugar.
“The Hawaiian sugar industry was born out of the American Civil War,” state the authors as they chart the course of the local sugar industry during the conflict, which also saw the decline of the whaling industry. “The war created high market prices, as Southern grown sugar was no longer available to the markets of the Northern states.”
Eventually, the sugar industry would become a dominant force in Hawai‘i’s economic and cultural (through immigrant labor) growth.
The new examination of Hawai‘i’s role in the Civil War is valuable, according to World History Connected guest editor Helen Grady, a retired teacher of world history, who said it will give history teachers “additional ways to expand their thinking about the Civil War.”
Grady lauded various “global elements” addressed in the paper, including a look at other independence issues in the mid-19th century, the increase in immigrant labor and foreign policy issues in Hawai‘i before and during the war.
Vance is also leading a special program at Kapolei Public Library, “Making Sense of the American Civil War,” in partnership with the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities. The reading and discussion program examines different facets of the Civil War. It started this month and continues into December. See http://hihumanities.org/making-sense-of-the-american-civil-war-2/
In addition to his work at HPU, Vance is president of the Hawai‘i Civil War Round Table, an organization that perpetuates the study of the Civil War in the community.
---30---
World History Connected is online at http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/.
Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Back da Blue Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Life Alliance

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT