Local and Global Tensions

Wadleigh students did not live in a bubble. Although they spent most of their days at school, they were part of a community – Harlem – that was facing serious challenges and tensions during the years before World War II, many of them based in ongoing racism in the U.S. After the U.S. entrance into the war in 1941, they were part of a country experiencing a ‘total war’ that affected almost every dimension of society, including the educational system. The different tensions students were in contact with – both local and global ones – informed how they related with the war and are essential to understand their 'historical imagination' about it.

Local and Global Tensions