Category Archives: World War II

The War Stories We Tell

by Heather Marie Stur, Ph.D. My Honors students and I recently watched the 1946 Oscar-winning film, The Best Years of Our Lives, which follows three World War II veterans as they return home and struggle to settle back into civilian … Continue reading

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Recovering the Experiences of the Black Greatest Generation

by Douglas Bristol After conducting hundreds of hours of oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans, the Founding Director of the Dale Center, Dr. Andrew Wiest, persuasively argued in his Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam that historians have … Continue reading

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The Short and Long-Term Impacts of World War II on the Lives of Black GIs

by Douglas Bristol When I was conducting research at LSU-Alexandria last summer, I had the good fortune to interview Dr. Haywood Joiner, Jr., Chair of the Department of Allied Health Programs, about his father’s military service during World War II. … Continue reading

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The Women of the SOE in History and Culture

by Allison Abra On the south bank of the river Thames, just across the water from the British Parliament building, there is a small monument to the Special Operations Executive. During the Second World War, the SOE was a branch … Continue reading

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