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Slavery Research at UHD: A Student Mini-Conference

December 6, 2012
Session I – Slave Life and Slave Resistance in the Americas
Sean McQuail, "Runnaway Advertisements from Eighteenth Century British North America"
Jennifer Sykes, "Women and Slavery in the British Caribbean"
Wesley Wells, "The Utility of the WPA Ex-Slave Narratives"
Dr. Austin Allen, Discussant

Session II – Struggles against Slavery in the Atlantic World
Payton Bartee, "The Haitian Revolution through a British Planter's Eyes"
Lauren Vanderdys, "Imperialism, Settler Societies, and Antislavery"
Robert Morrissey, "The American Colonization Society and the Liberia Debate" Dr. Austin Allen, Discussant

blue arrow jpg Slavery Memorial photo

Dr. McCaffrey Discusses New Book, Going for Broke

Going for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers in the War Against Nazi Germany
The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 pulled the United States into World War II. Young American men, including those of Japanese descent, flocked to the recruiting stations to serve in the American military. In most cases, however, the Japanese Americans were told they were not acceptable because of their ethnicity. Soon, over 100,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans, most of them natural born American citizens, were rounded up on the West Coast and forced into barbed‐wire‐enclosed relocation camps in the interior of the country. Their only crime was that they looked like the nation’s enemy. The Army finally relented and allowed Japanese American men to serve in the army, in a segregated unit—the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. These men, serving at first under only Caucasian officers, were sent to Europe where they earned an outstanding reputation through some of the fiercest fighting in Italy, France, and Germany. This presentation will tell their story.

Dr. James M. McCaffrey is Professor of History at UHD and is author of eight books on the social history of soldiers, including The Army of Manifest Destiny: The American Soldier and The Mexican American War and Inside the Spanish American War. He teaches a number of upper division courses, including U.S. Military History and The Vietnam War. Contact David Ryden for more information.

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