The Alaska Highway: The Last Great Roadtrip

AFRICAN AMERICANS' ROLE IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND HISTORY

African American soldiers who built part of the Alaska Highway. Photo courtesy of University of Alaska Fairbanks. More manpower was needed and with a war going on it wasn't easy to recruit more people. The War Department sent several Black units to work on the northern half of the highway. Black troops, following discriminatory rules which governed their participation in the war in general, operated under markedly different conditions than their White counterparts. They were kept away from towns and villages in the region. Many of the troops said that they got fewer supplies than White units did.

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