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Brooke Lindy Blower
Boston University (Boston, MA 02215-1300)

Public Scholars
Research Programs

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$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2021 – 6/30/2022

American World Wars: Intimate Histories from the Crash of the Yankee Clipper

Completion of a book on the cultural, social, and political dimensions of World War II as seen through the lives of seven passengers aboard the Pan American Airways? Yankee Clipper when it crashed in 1943.

Combat GIs dominate studies of Americans abroad during World War II. But they constituted only a fraction of the millions of Americans stationed on six continents, in and out of uniform, during the global crisis. "American World Wars" tells a panoramic story of seven worldly noncombatants, their personal histories, their politics, and the paths that led them to all board the same Pan Am boat plane bound for Lisbon in February 1943. When the Yankee Clipper crashed in the Tagus River, it took five of their lives but left a paper trail that leads to a richer, deeper understanding of the cross-cutting political and ideological dimensions of Americans' war efforts.