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Global War on Terror: A Guide to First-Person Narratives in the Veterans History Project

Author Larry Minear interviewed servicemembers to document their experiences in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. This guide highlights Veterans History Project collections and programming related to Minear's work with the Library of Congress.


In 2007, researcher Larry Minear published, through Tufts University's Feinstein International Center, a study of the National Guard’s role in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Minear found abundant source material for his study in the collections of the Veterans History Project, drawing on dozens of interviews with Guard personnel and active duty soldiers and on their photographs. This feature highlights some of the collections he employed; Minear suggested the categories and wrote the introductions for each one.

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About the Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.