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America's French Orphans

Mobilization, Humanitarianism, and the Protection of France, 1914–1921

«'Emmanuel Destenay complicates the oft-recounted story of World War I's violence and upheaval by explaining the reciprocal relationship, albeit not always an equal one, between American humanitarians and European actors. Women and children take center stage, not just as passive recipients, but as actors seeking to alleviate suffering on their own terms. This rich social and cultural history rescues a massive system of child relief and adoption organizations from historical amnesia.' Tammy M. Proctor, author of Civilians in a World at War, 1914–1918»

During and after World War I, two humanitarian organizations galvanized the support of American men, women, and children to provide for France's children. Between 1914 and 1921, the Committee Franco-American for the Protection of the Children of the Frontier (CFAPCF) and the Fatherless Children of France Society (FCFS) capitalized on the generosity of Americans who believed that supporting a French child in need was seen as a moral and patriotic duty. Les mer

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During and after World War I, two humanitarian organizations galvanized the support of American men, women, and children to provide for France's children. Between 1914 and 1921, the Committee Franco-American for the Protection of the Children of the Frontier (CFAPCF) and the Fatherless Children of France Society (FCFS) capitalized on the generosity of Americans who believed that supporting a French child in need was seen as a moral and patriotic duty. Through a network of twenty-eight colonies – private homes and estates loaned for this specific purpose – the CFAPCF rescued, sheltered, and cared for children from invaded and occupied war zones, while the FCFS asked Americans to sponsor France's children of the war dead. Combining cultural, political, and diplomatic history, Emmanuel Destenay charts the rapid growth of these organizations and brings to light the unparalleled contribution made by Americans in support of France's children in time of war.

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Cambridge University Press
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Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781009517898
Utgivelsesår
2024

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Emmanuel Destenay is a research fellow at Sorbonne University and is specialized in World War I. He has contributed articles to numerous journals in both French and English and is the author of Shadows from the Trenches: Veterans of the Great War and the Irish Revolution (1918–1923).

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«'Emmanuel Destenay complicates the oft-recounted story of World War I's violence and upheaval by explaining the reciprocal relationship, albeit not always an equal one, between American humanitarians and European actors. Women and children take center stage, not just as passive recipients, but as actors seeking to alleviate suffering on their own terms. This rich social and cultural history rescues a massive system of child relief and adoption organizations from historical amnesia.' Tammy M. Proctor, author of Civilians in a World at War, 1914–1918»

«'By creatively blending the histories of childhood and international relations, Emmanuel Destenay's rigorously researched account of Franco-American humanitarian efforts during World War I provides us with a new way to understand the era's transatlantic diplomacy.' Brian Rouleau, author of Empire's Nursery: Children's Literature and the Origins of the American Century»

«'Modern war created modern humanitarianism, and America's French Orphans demonstrates the critical importance of volunteer efforts during World War I. Building on research scattered across two continents, Emmanuel Destenay recovers a lost chapter of this crucially important history and joins an exciting new field exploring the humanitarian legacies of World War I.' Christopher Capozzola, author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen»

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