Writing and Research: Black GIs in Leicester

A Centre for New Writing Event

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Nov 01, 2016
from 10:00 AM to 02:30 PM


BBC Radio Leicester, 9 St. Nicholas Place, Leicester LE1 5LB

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Our second Writing and Research event focuses on World War II. Around 25,000 strictly segregated Americans passed through or were based in Leicestershire. The first to arrive in 1942 were African American GIs who came to build airfields, ammunition dumps and camps. The troops’ warm welcome inflamed “white supremacist” violence by white Americans who were stationed nearby. Drawing on new evidence, Liam McCarthy’s research challenges the accepted view of a peaceful ‘occupation’. This evidence reveals casual, brutal racism, murder, hundreds of illegitimate babies, and a statistical spike in local women suffering from sexually transmitted diseases.

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