Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Home to Peaceful America"

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As this mid-1950s newsreel footage demonstrates, the earliest Korean adoptees were of great interest to the press. The story of Jimmy Raynor's adoption appeared in the New York Times and Associated Press photographs of his arrival in the United States were reprinted across the country. This film shows a far more common situation, that of a single soldier bringing a child home to be adopted by his parents. Military policy and civilian law were written for married couples, and single fatherhood simply wasn't considered an option by many soldiers until Paul Raynor and a handful of others forced the United States to recognize their rights to parent these children.

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