KS3 / Curriculum subject areas: history, citizenship
Overview: the story of white Lancastrians defending black US troops during the Second World War
This topic provides an opportunity to discuss the theme of racial prejudice and tolerance. It is possible for the teacher to introduce issues surrounding segregation in the US and the historical context giving rise to Jim Crow Laws. It also raises issues of justice and could be linked to other examples of ‘heroism’ in the fight against prejudice e.g. the Battle of Cable Street in 1936.
Provide a general context: Start by looking at the maps so pupils get a sense of where Preston and Bamber Bridge are. The photo is of American soldiers following the court martial where they were found guilty of crimes during the Battle of Bamber Bridge. Most of the convictions were eventually overturned or commuted.
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