Friday, 15 January, 4pm, Erwin Mill, 2024 W. Main St., room A103. Free Parking
Adriane Lentz-Smith, assistant professor, Department of History, will discuss her book, Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I.
For many of the 200,000 black soldiers sent to Europe with the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, encounters with French civilians and colonial African troops led them to imagine a world beyond Jim Crow. They returned home to join activists working to make that world real. In narrating the efforts of African American soldiers and activitists to gain full citizenship rights as recompense for military service, Adriane Lentz-Smith illuminates how World War I mobilized a generation. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University.
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