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Capitol Hill High School

"Our foes will learn anew the invincible strength of a people united to fight for freedom – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from fear and freedom from want – while we again know the meaning of Bunker Hill, New Orleans, Santiago and the Argonne."

References to both battles from America’s past as well as imagery, dress and names from Native American history were used widely by the compilers of the 1945 Capitol Hill High School Chieftain yearbook from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As the excerpt from the principal’s message reads, these allusions and images were meant to convey a portrait of local as well as national unity and strength as students are shown to be attending a ‘School At War.’ With attention to the often bitter history between the United States and Native American peoples, how might some of these images be interpreted today?

Capitol Hill High School

From the Collection of The National WWII Museum

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