Blackboards and Bomb Shelters: The Perilous Journey of Americans in China During World War II

James P. Bevill

Available November 2021

$29.99


When three Yale graduates traveled to China in the summer of 1941 to teach English to middle-school students, they routinely taught classes outside a bomb shelter. When air raid sirens wailed, classes continued until the Japanese planes could be heard, then all quickly scrambled inside to safety. The US entry into the war turned their educational mission upside down. One was recruited for a stint driving supplies along the Burma Road. A second Yale teacher took a senior staff position with "Flying Tigers" commander Gen. Claire Lee Chennault. The third man, a conscientious objector, remained at the school to keep it running during the war. This is an engaging story of Americans in China, educating civilians, healing the wounded, and supporting Chinese military resistance against Japanese imperialism. It is the untold story of life on the ground in Free China during the Japanese occupation.

Size: 6" x 9" | Over 80 b/w photos | 272 pp
ISBN13: 9780764362644

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James P. Bevill is an independent historian and award winning author. His previous works focused on economic, financial, political and naval history. He guest curated several educational exhibits on the Republic of Texas at major museums in his home state. His love of history inspired him to read, organize and catalogue the voluminous papers of his father-in-law, Paul Springer, who taught at Yale-in-China in 1941-1942 before joining the US State Department. Bevill is a Senior Vice President – Wealth Management in the River Oaks office of UBS Financial Services in Houston. His previous book is The Paper Republic, The Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas. He lives in Houston with his wife, Jodie Springer Bevill.