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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Adriane Lentz-Smith

Adriane Lentz-SmithAdriane Lentz-Smith is an associate professor of history at Duke University, where she holds secondary appointments in women's studies and African and African American studies. Her book Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I (2009) explores how black soldiers' and civilians' wrestling with notions of manhood, citizenship, nationalism, and black internationalism shaped the twentieth-century struggle for civil rights. Her current project, "Three Beatings: African Americans, State Violence, and Civil Rights," traces how violence and white supremacy remade themselves in the wake of the landmark legislation of the 1960s.