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American Forum - Soldiers in the American Imagination

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Kimberley L. Phillips
January 24, 2013
11:00AM - 11:00AM (EST)

Kimberley L. Phillips
Kimberley L. Phillips

KIMBERLEY L. PHILLIPS is dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Brooklyn College. Her most recent book, War! What Is It Good For?: Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military From World War II to Iraq, traces African-Americans' campaign for "the right to fight," which forced Harry Truman to issue his 1948 executive order for equality in the armed forces. The book examines how blacks' participation in wars after Truman's order and their struggles for equal citizenship galvanized an antiwar activism that reshaped their struggles for freedom. Phillips considers how federal policies that desegregated the military also maintained racial, gender, and economic inequalities. A book signing will follow her Forum.  With support from the H. F. Guggenheim Foundation.

This event is part of…

War, Warfare, and Violence:

The proliferation of violence—through war, civil unrest, and criminality—is among the gravest issues facing human societies. This special series of Forums, organized by the Miller Center in partnership with the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, brings together some of the nation’s leading scholars and practitioners around efforts to understand, contain, and remediate the impact of war, warfare, and violence. During spring 2013, these experts will address a range of topics from the restraint of war and the efficacy of postwar tribunals, to sources of terror in the modern world, the origins of unconventional war, and soldiers in the American imagination.

The Miller Center is grateful to the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation for its support of this series, and is particularly thankful for the vision and stewardship of Chairman Peter Lawson-Johnston and HFG President Josiah Bunting III.

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