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Mobilizing the South: The 31st Infantry Division, Race, and the Pacific War presented by Dr. Christopher Rein

February 24, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The American Soldier in WW II

The Florida Historic Capitol Museum invites you to join the Museum and Dr. Christopher Rein, of Air University Press at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, for a lecture and discussion on his forthcoming book, Mobilizing the South: The 31st Infantry Division, Race, and the Pacific War.

The 31st Infantry “Dixie” Division included pre-war members of the Florida National Guard, who helped to build one of America’s largest training centers in WWII – Camp Blanding in Starke, Florida. Deployed Dixie Division members from the segregated South notoriously displayed hostility towards African-American units serving in the Southwest Pacific Theater. Dr. Rein will explore the complicated legacy of Florida’s role in World War II as victories over race-based imperialism abroad failed to stop racial prejudice at home.

Reception begins at 5:30 PM and the program follows at 6:00 PM. This program is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP at

This program is funded in part through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with the Florida Historic Capitol Foundation.

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Event Date/time:

February 24, 2022 @ 5:30 pm -
February 24, 2022 @ 7:30 pm


Presenter Information:
Dr. Christopher Rein, Managing Editor of Air University Press at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
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Event Contact:

Tiffany Baker
(850) 487-1902

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Florida Historic Capitol Museum
400 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399
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