“The fact that they lie in these unmarked abandoned sites, it’s almost like that they are kind of vanishing from the American consciousness,” said Sandra Arnold, 50, a history student at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Fordham University.
The Census Bureau just released reams of data from the 1940 U.S. Census online (the website’s been up and down all day; if it doesn’t work, try later), and you are going to spend the next hour or so tooling around on the website. I know because I just did it myself.
So many African-Americans have Irish-sounding last names — Eddie Murphy, Isaac Hayes, Mariah Carey, Dizzy Gillespie, Toni Morrison, H. Carl McCall — that you would think that the long story of blacks and Irish coming together would be well documented. You would be wrong.
War is waged primarily in battle, yet made possible by operations beyond the battlefield as revealed in the WWII European Theater Army Records, a collection of administrative documents compiled by the U.S. Army’s Historical Division, 1941 through 1946. These records, originally marked secret and confidential, are now available on Fold3.