Source Saturday: Grandpa’s WW2 Letters with Dr. Matt Luckett

In this video I speak with Dr. Matt Luckett about the digitization project of his grandparents’ letters during World War Two. Dr. Luckett’s grandfather, Elmer Kurtz Luckett, was a steam engineer in the United States Navy who lived though the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In our conversation, we talk about the 600 letters he has digitized and read and the ways using letters like these provides us a glimpse into the lives of the people who served and their families. When understanding these lives, we can understand more about ourselves.
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More about Matt: Dr. Matt Luckett studies and writes about the American West, World War II, and American History in general. He completed his Ph.D. in American history at UCLA in 2014. He is the academic coordinator for the Master of Arts in the Humanities (HUX) Program at California State University Dominguez Hills, and also teaches at Sacramento State and Sierra College. His first book, Never Caught Twice: Horse Stealing and Culture in Western Nebraska, 1850 – 1890, will be released by the University of Nebraska Press on November 1, 2020.
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