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Flatbush + Main Episode 08: Brooklyn’s Veterans

In Episode 08 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia explore the legacy of veterans from Brooklyn and beyond, and consider the ways that historians have analyzed the often fraught history of American veterans. In the first segment, Julie and Zaheer sit down with historian Phil Napoli to discuss the the historical meanings of the American veteran throughout history. Phil also discusses his work interviewing New York City’s Vietnam Vets, and the essential role that oral histories can play in the preservation of veterans’ experiences. Our hosts head into the archives with BHS Assistant Curator Erin Wuebker to learn the stories embedded in one Civil War-era surgeon’s kit. in “Voices of Brooklyn,” they listen to and honor the experiences of Second Lieutenant Joan Furey, a Brooklynite who served in Vietnam. Following endorsements, Zaheer and Julie offer their thoughts on the recent presidential election and the importance of historical thinking in this unprecedented political age. Continue reading

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The War Comes Home

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Brooklynite Luis Carlos Montalvan, a veteran of the Iraq War who came with Philip Napoli to see our exhibit In Our Own Words: Portraits of Brooklyn Vietnam Veterans.  Mr. Montalvan’s assistance dog Tuesday … Continue reading

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Iraq War Veterans

I’m very much looking forward to reading this new book from the Palgrave Studies in Oral History series: SOLDIERS AND CITIZENS: An Oral History of Operation Iraqi Freedom from the Battlefield to the Pentagon by Carl Mirra, a soldier in … Continue reading

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Last night, on Channel Thirteen, I saw a documentary called Lioness about women Iraq war veterans.  I was totally turned off by the title until I learned that “Lioness” is actually the Army term they use in Iraq and Afghanistan … Continue reading

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