A historian’s role is to research, analyze, interpret, and present the past. When war is thought about, we think of stories that are about heroes, feats of gallantry and valor. We never tend to think about those stories that are never brought up, stories such as Private Slovik, a soldier in the American Army. That’s because these are stories that aren’t recognized as acceptable to the Uniform Code of Military Justice or the laws that govern the military conduct. Private Slovik is the only American deserter that was executed for desertion during World War II. Furthermore, it is estimated that throughout the war, 40,000 Americans committed desertion. William Bradford Huie is a journalist who has expressed Slovik’s story to the world, but as a journalist what makes his recounting of this topic credible to history, being that he’s a journalist and not a historian?
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