Re-Discovering The Unknown: #WorldWar I’s #SouthAsian Soldiers In The #US #Military

An aspect that I found intriguing while documenting the individual backgrounds of these soldiers was that almost all of their registration cards listed their race as Caucasian, and not as Indian, colored, black, or some category used today. After the First World War, the Federal census documents listed their race and ethnicity as Indian, Muslim, etc. This could have been the result of the 1923 Supreme Court case, United States v. Bhagat Singh Thindwhich ruled that individuals of Indian origin were not considered white and, therefore, could not be granted naturalization and citizenship.

Source: Re-Discovering The Unknown: World War I’s South Asian Soldiers In The US Military – The Aerogram