"Letters From the Alcan Highway by Captain Stuart V. Bradley", free add-on book if we reach stretch goal of $4,000 / See Update #7
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The theme of Black History Month for February 2018 is African Americans in Times of War. This two volume Photo History of the Black 95th Engineer General Service Regiment in World War II will make an important contribution to Black History and African American Studies. Help us get it printed and distributed so this story can be told.
The 95th Engineer General Services Regiment was formed in April 1941 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and was made up of black enlisted soldiers and mostly white officers. In 1942 and 1943 they were one of three Black Regiments (along with four white regiments) that built the pioneer road through the wilderness of British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alaska known as the Alcan (later Alaska) Highway. The 95th was assigned to a section of the highway in British Columbia.
By 1943 the Regiment was in England and Wales building invasion and training camps for soldiers leading up to the D-Day invasion. Two weeks after D-Day they landed in France and specialized in repairing damaged railroad tracks and bridges. They went on to Belgium and Germany. They served for 4 1/2 years often in the face of discrimination and proved their worth over and over again.
I inherited these photographs from Captain Stuart V Bradley, my father, and I want to share them, as very little has been written about the contributions that the Black 95th Engineers made to the war effort, particularly in Europe. They left France and returned to the United States in August of 1945.
My father also took 8 mm movies and wrote over 600 letters home during his 4 1/2 years with the 95th Engineers. These letters will be the subject of a future book.
Here are three of the approximately 150 photographs in the two books. To my knowledge these photographs have never been published before.
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STRETCH GOAL to $4,000: For every $100 pledged to this campaign I will send a set of books to a college or university library, museum or other institution. And I want you BACKERS to help me choose the schools and groups. Obviously, those backers that have pledged at the $25, $35, $45, $65 & $85 reward levels get first choice in choosing schools and organizations.
But each and every backer will also have one nomination that can be made through the "Comments" section. The final list of all the schools and groups will be published in early March. In honor of Black History Month I want half of those schools to be HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) or black history museums. Thank you for making this project a success!
POSTCARD GIVEAWAY: Send me your address by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will mail you four "APO 998" postcards in an envelope so that you can "spread the word".
Risks and challenges
This is our third book publishing project with a Kickstarter campaign. Our first two books were delivered to the backers on time and within budget. We have a team in place and have used this particular book printer for many orders.
So I am very confident that we will again meet our publishing time frame and budget goals. Thank you for your support. Stuart Bradley Jr.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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