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KGOU interviews Cheryl Elizabeth Brown Wattley, author of “A Step toward Brown v. Board of Education: Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher and Her Fight to End Segregation”.

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Seventy years ago, a 21-year-old woman named Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher walked into the University of Oklahoma’s admissions office to apply for law school. She was immediately turned down because of the color of her skin.  He didn’t agree with the decision, but OU president George Lynn Cross had no choice but to deny the request, since state law mandated the segregation of public educational institutions. Read more and listen to the interview here…http://bit.ly/25NIq6P

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Dr. Amina Hassan will discuss her new book, “Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist” at The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA on October 22, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM.

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Book Review: “Blucher: Scourge of Napoleon” by Michael V. Leggiere


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Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher was one of the most colorful personalities of the Napoleonic Wars. Unlike many important figures of the period, he did not have a long career in military or political affairs after the Napoleonic era (he was already seventy-two years old at Waterloo). Hence his actions during the wars were unbesmirched by subsequent events and decisions; this was not so for many other prominent commanders or heads of state. Blücher became a Prussian hero and then a pan-German hero, celebrated in folklore, song, poetry, and novels. He was commemorated officially by the state with statues, monuments, and eponymously named streets, ships, railroads, and plazas. Blücher collectibles decorated the homes of thousands of middle-class Germans well into the twentieth century. And, though few serious biographies have appeared in recent decades, German scholarship in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries covered his career in considerable detail.

It is therefore surprising that there is little substantive English-language work about Blücher. Indeed, this new biography by Michael Leggiere (Univ. of North Texas) represents the first such book in four decades (excluding translations of older German monographs). Leggiere has spent many years researching and writing about campaigns Blücher was directly involved in, particularly during the period German historians call the “War of Liberation” (1813–14).

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Book Review: “Deliverance From the Little Big Horn: Doctor Henry Porter and Custer’s 7th Cavalry” by Joan Nabseth Stevenson


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Not every soldier died at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, of course. The many wounded in Major Marcus Reno’s command received treatment from 28-year-old Henry Porter, the only one of three surgeons to survive the 7th Cavalry’s June 1876 ordeal in Montana Territory. Reno’s disastrous attack in the valley was followed by a marathon fight for survival and then transportation of the wounded to the steamer Far West for the 700-mile journey down the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers to the hospital at Fort Abraham Lincoln in Dakota Territory.

Author Joan Stevenson examines the battle and aftermath from a medical perspective and shines the spotlight on the unsung Porter, who was an acting assistant surgeon (a civilian surgeon serving the Army under contract). Read more…


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Remembering Pearl Harbor Day

Before dawn on 7 December 1941, the American strategic center of gravity in the Pacific reposed in the seven battleships then moored along “Battleship Row”, the six pairs of interrupted quays located along Ford Island’s eastern side. These seven battleships, ranging in age from eighteen to twenty-five years, represented all but two of those available to the Pacific Fleet. Together, these ships were one short of equalling Japan’s active battlefleet. Clearly a worrisome threat to Japanese plans for Pacific Ocean dominance, they were the Japanese raiders’ priority target. Twenty-four of the forty Japanese torpedo planes were assigned to attack “Battleship Row”, and five more diverted to that side of Ford Island when they found no battleships in their intended target areas. Of these planes’ twenty-nine Type 91 aerial torpedoes, up to twenty-one found their targets: two hit California, one exploded against Nevada and as many as nine each struck Oklahoma and West Virginia. The latter two ships sank within minutes of receiving this torpedo damage.

We invited Jeff Phister, who co-authored Battleship Oklahoma BB-37 with Thomas Hone and Paul Goodyear, a USS Oklahoma survivor, to write about the outreach to young Americans by the survivors of the December 7 bombing and the ongoing efforts to identify the Oklahoma’s Unknowns who perished that day.

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Patricia Bonn wins $500 drawing at annual WHA conference

At this year’s WHA annual conference at Lake Tahoe, the University of Oklahoma Press had a drawing for a $500 book credit to purchase OU Press books. The lucky winner was Patricia Bonn from Arizona State University. Patricia received her B.A. and M.A. from Arizona State University in Public History.  She is employed at ASU as an executive assistant in the Center for Community Development and Civil Rights.  Patricia is a freelance writer and playwright interested in the untold stories of Phoenix as well as the Spanish-speaking of the West and Southwest.  Her play, Joaquín: The Life and Times of Joaquín Murrieta, was produced at the Kerr Cultural Center in October 2003.  Her presentations include:  ¡No Hay Justicia! The Execution of Simpilico Torres, 2008 Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage conference and Phoenix in the Fifties: Fun in the Sun*With Restrictions, 2010 Western History Association conference.  She is scheduled to present Kactus Klan: Ku Klux Klan in Arizona, 1921-1925 at the 2011 Arizona Historical Society conference.

Congratulations Patricia, and thank you to everyone who entered the drawing. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s conference in Oakland, California.