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Jennifer Mittelstadt: High School Teachers Institute

Friday, March 01, 2024, 09:00am - 02:30pm

“New Histories of the American Soldier during WWII”

March 1, 2024

9a – 2:30p

Jennifer Mittlestadt, Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University

Perhaps no American war has had more history written about it than WWII.  And yet new sources and new approaches to the study of war continue to yield new stories.  This seminar will use the recent release of a massive, never-before-available collection of World War II-era Army surveys, The American Solider in WWII, combined with new scholarship on the meaning and impact of the wartime experience, to offer three new lessons about the war.  The seminar will touch on new evidence concerning:  the ethnic and racial politics and experiences of soldiers; the attitudes of service personnel toward enemies, allies, the goals the war, and the homefront; and the role played by social science expertise in guiding the US war effort.  It will offer primary and secondary sources for classroom use.