Linton Freeman interview, 2006

Staff Sargeant Linton Freeman gives a reading called "War" of his experiences during World War II. He begins in 1943, somewhere in Germany, but he was not permitted to explicitly state where he was in Germany. He describes what the definition of war is, and what he thinks that soldiers believe the definition of war is: "War is Hell." He states that war will always be a part of the human experience despite of all of the atrocities associated with war. Freeman continues by stating that man becomes self-centered and that is what causes war. Instead according to Freeman, people should give themselves entirely to God. He mentions segregation and ties it into the war. He concludes his story by saying study on those who lead the country before voting, but that voting is necessary. He then relates a second story about the war. This time it is called the "Thoughts of Linton Freeman." Here he discusses discrimination in the workforce at length.

Participants: Freeman, Linton (interviewee)
Collection: Academy of American History
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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These interviews were conducted between 2004 and 2006 by public school teachers in the Teaching American History (TAH) grant-funded Academy of American History summer institute at Cleveland State University, sponsored by the US Department of Education. The project was a collaboration between CSU, the City Club of Cleveland, Western Reserve Historical Society, and St. Clair-Superior Community Development Corporation. Interviews in this series focus on the Civil Rights movement in Cleveland, Carl…