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What does a collection of 100,000 American war letters teach us?
7 months ago

VIDEO REPORT   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25988145

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Over the course of 15 years Andrew Carroll has collected more than 100,000 letters by US soldiers from every war in America's history.

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The project began as a personal quest to preserve wartime correspondence and all it reflects about war.

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But now Mr Carroll, as director of the Center for American War Letters, is in the final steps of donating his collection to Chapman University in California for safe keeping.

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Letters in the collection range from rebukes of British rule during the American Revolution, to the last written words of a soldier in Vietnam just hours before his death.

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One of the most striking revelations about the collection, Mr Carroll says, is that each successive generation seems to forget the horrors of previous wars.

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Produced by the BBC's Thomas Sparrow and David Botti

Additional images: British Pathé and Getty Images

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