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AfriGeneas Military Research Forum Archive

African Americans in The Pacific Theater

Greetings Bennie:

When I read the article by Robert F. Jefferson of Xavier University, I thought of your recent collaboration with Australian television's documentary on African American soldiers in the South Pacific.

Jefferson's article, "STAGING POINTS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN IDENTITY IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER
AND THE POLITICS OF DEMOBILIZATION" adds another chapter to Black Military history during WW II.

Please click on the url below to read Jefferson's account published by "Countours: A Journal of the African American Diaspora." His words in the opening paragraph are compelling:

"In examining the African American military experience in the Far East, most scholars, including myself, have failed fully to understand the dynamic linkages of race and gender in the struggles that black soldiers waged against white supremacy in the American military while stationed overseas, the degree of interethnic, anti-imperialist coalitions forged among black GIs, and the impact that the international activities of black servicemen had on U.S. military policies."

Perhaps you may want to share Jefferson's article with your colleagues "Down Under". If you do, please send them my best regards.

I'd be interested in your remarks on the article.

K Wyer Lane


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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