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Allen Howard: High School Teachers Institute

Friday, October 01, 2021, 09:30am - 02:00pm

October 1, 2021

“Did you know that Africans and Africa played an important part in the Allied victory of WWII?”

Allen Howard, Professor Emeritus of African and Global History, Rutgers University

Not the fact that African troops fought and were killed in sizeable numbers or that North Africa saw many key battles, especially those connected with the defeat of Rommel. If one shifts the focus from battles to logistics, we see that African farmers and miners in colonies supplied vital food and other materiel and that Africa furnished key ports and other bases. The main case here is Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone -- a British Colony where 6,000 Americans were stationed. It was the second most important convoy port, and women and men in Freetown lived through food shortages, air raid drills, etc. as in London. It truly was a World War. This seminar will provide educators with novel sources, photos, a bibliography and new ideas, as well as a chance to talk about teaching wars.