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Mobilizing the South: The 31st Infantry Division, Race, and the Pacific War presented by Dr. Christopher Rein
February 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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 MobilizingWW2.eventbrite.com.
This program is funded in part through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with the Florida Historic Capitol Foundation.
February 24 @ 5:30 pm -
February 24 @ 7:30 pm