Over Here: African American Soldiers in World War Two UK

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 5th November 2019

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA

Description: Among the 1.5 million GIs who arrived in the UK during the Second World War were an estimated 100,000 African American troops, serving in segregated units. At the time, the black population of the UK numbered only tens of thousands, concentrated in port cities such as Cardiff, Bristol, Liverpool, and London, and most of the population had not encountered a non-white person before. This talk will examine the reception to African American troops throughout the UK, including the South West, looking at how the US authorities tried to impose segregation, the UK government tried to ignore it, and ordinary Britons defied it.

How to book: The Arts Institute Plymouth University T: 01752 585050 E: theartsinstitute@plymouth.ac.uk Buy tickets online: plymouth.ac.uk/arts-institute

Price: Free for national or local members of the Historical Association, and for University of Plymouth students. Visitor tickets: £6.00, concessions £4.00.

Tel: 01503 230106

Email: a.cousins345@btinternet.com

Website: www.ha-plymouth.org.uk

Organiser: Alan H. Cousins

Lecturer: Dr Simon Topping (University of Plymouth)

Comments: Dr Simon Topping Associate Professor of United States History at the University, and author of a number of articles on African American troops in Northern Ireland'. Lecture is followed by the AGM.

Region: South-West England

Branch: Plymouth

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