The Geography of the Other in West Point History

Authors: Jon Malinowski*, U.S. Military Academy
Topics: Military Geography, Historical Geography, Cultural Geography
Keywords: military geography, diversity, culture
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Bonaparte, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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West Point is one of the most famous military landscapes in the United States. From Revolutionary War fortress to premier military academy, West Point the place has always had minority populations. This paper will look at descriptions and spatial patterns of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity in the first half of West Point history. Drawing heavily on archival material, this paper will explore both official and unofficial attitudes towards minorities as well as the contributions of these groups to the development of the United States Military Academy.

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