A family connection led Christine and Dennis McClure to the Alaska Highway in 2013, but traveling the famous road raised issues more important than family. The racism that distorted the experience of thousands of young, black American soldiers infuriated them.
Back home they created two websites, one designed to locate Alcan veterans or their families, the other a blog to regularly share individual stories. They spent four years exhaustively researching the black experience on the Highway and writing a book, We Fought the Road, to present it to the world.
Back in Alaska in 2017 they discovered the even more infuriating experience of yet another segregated regiment, the 97th Engineers who worked in Alaska. After another four years of exhaustive research their second book, A Different Race, was just released by Little Lands End Publishing LLP.