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Here in Ihlseng Cottage we are reading Adrienne Lentz-Smith’s Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I in relation to our Annual Conference regarding the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of WWI: Dislocation Beyond War’s End.

For many of the 200,000 black soldiers sent to Europe with the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, encounters with French civilians and colonial African troops led them to imagine a world beyond Jim Crow. They returned home to join activists working to make that world real. In narrating the efforts of African American soldiers and activists to gain full citizenship rights as recompense for military service, Adriane Lentz-Smith illuminates how World War I mobilized a generation. This beautifully written book reclaims World War I as a critical moment in the freedom struggle and places African Americans at the crossroads of social, military, and international history.

Want to join us? We have a few copies available for borrowing.

Let us know if you’re reading along, and we’ll invite you to a discussion in February, 2019.

Email humanities@psu.edu to borrow the book and/or reserve your spot!