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Collierville During World War II  

Dr. Leung's history students will be analyzing primary and secondary sources to create a portrait of Collierville, TN between 1940-1945.
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A Portrait of Collierville During WWII


A Portrait of Collierville During WWII

Students in the U.S. History course will participate in a research project in collaboration with the Director of the Morton Museum of Collierville History, Ashley Carver. The goal is to create a "portrait" of Collierville between 1940-1945.  As there is not much historical work conducted on this subject, the students will potentially contribute greatly by historically documenting this era for the town of Collierville.  

The students will introduce the project to the larger community of Collierville in October via newspaper article(s) and ask for community members to assist by participating in oral history interviews, sharing photographs, school memories, etc.  The students will also carefully read The Collierville Herald in order to compile information and trace events important to the life of the town. Students will use various sources such as the 1940 Census data; business reports by the Chamber of Commerce; Collierville Town records; clippings housed in the Memphis Room at the Shelby County public library; resources at the Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center; etc. in their quest to gain an understanding of the times.

The study will look at WWII experiences from various perspectives - children, youth, women, men, enlisted, town residents, farmers, sharecroppers, African Americans, Jewish, etc.  

The main questions to address: How did Collierville contribute to WWII?  How did the war affect Collierville? 

As Collierville proper was a small town at the time (appr. 1000 residents), it will serve as a good example of the experiences of a Southern "small town."  Without the contributions of the many small U.S. towns at the time, the course of the war might have looked quite differently.  IA major goal is for both the students and the Collierville community to gain an appreciation for the importance of the collective community contributions to historical change. This project will ​hopefully also serve as an example of what a community museum and a school can do when combining their forces!   The "final" phase of the project will be a student-created exhibit for the Morton Museum of Collierville History.  The exhibit will be on display for twelve weeks between April 21-June 2, 2016.


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