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Half American: The Epic Story of Black Americans Fighting WWII

Drawing on his upcoming book, Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad, historian Matthew Delmont will explain how World War II raised questions regarding race and democracy that remain unanswered more than seventy years later. During the war, U.S. Black troops fought bravely in a segregated military. When they returned from combat, they were faced with fighting white supremacy at home. Join us for this inspiring history of bravery and patriotism in the face of unfathomable racism. This event is part of the Newton History Series and is cosponsored by Historic Newton.


Dr. Matthew Delmont is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth. An expert on African-American History and the history of Civil Rights, he is the author of four books, most recently Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African American Newspapers.  He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholar Award to support this research. He regularly shares his research with media outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post. Dr. Delmont consults with many organizations regarding civil rights, diversity and inclusivity, and how to reckon with the history of racism in America.



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Thursday, February 10, 2022 Show more dates
5:00pm - 6:00pm
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Ellen Meyers