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The American Soldier in World War II Presented by Dr. Ed Gitre

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Florida Historic Capitol Museum

400 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399

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Reception at 5:30 PM; program begins at 6:00 PM. This presentation complements the exhibit Rendezvous with Destiny: Florida and WWII.

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Find out what America’s World War II citizen-soldiers had to say when the US Army asked for their uncensored opinions! Join Dr. Ed Gitre, assistant professor of history at Virginia Tech, as we delve into a newly digitized collection of US War Department surveys conducted from 1941 to 1945. More than 500,000 American soldiers’ attitudes, opinions, and experiences in WWII were recorded. Their feedback influenced future military policies and operations, including the eventual desegregation of the military in 1948 and further social changes into the 1960.

This program continues the Historic Capitol’s commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the US entry into World War II on December 8, 1941. The temporary exhibit Rendezvous with Destiny: Florida and WWII will be open for viewing throughout the event.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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