Stars, Bars, and FDR: Media and Moments at Camp Shelby

Stars, Bars, and FDR: Media and Moments at Camp Shelby

October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm
Hattiesburg Public Library, 329 Hardy Street
Jennifer Brannock 601.266.4347

Dr. Willie R. Tubbs will discuss Camp Shelby during World War II as seen through The Reveille, the base’s newspaper. In this talk, Stars, Bars and FDR: Media and Moments at Camp Shelby, Tubbs will explore the rich insight the newspaper provides into life on the base during the war. Encounters with the nation's political elite, top brass, celebrities, and famed fighting units awaited the many thousands of soldiers who passed through Shelby on their way to or from the war.

However, among all the positives, The Reveille reminds us that deprivation, illicit activities, and racial tension also factored into the story of Shelby in the early 1940s. The base newspaper allows us to relive everything from Franklin Roosevelt's visit to the arrival of Japanese American fighting men to Shelby officers' crackdown on soldiers visiting the long list of off-limits bars and businesses in Hattiesburg. 

Tubbs is an assistant professor of communication at the University of West Florida. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Louisiana College, a master's degree in interactive media from Quinnipiac University, and a doctorate in mass communication from The University of Southern Mississippi. His dissertation, Forward Myth, focused on domestic military base newspapers from 1941-1981. 

For more information, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347. To view a list of upcoming events relating to the Mississippi Bicentennial, visit This event is co-sponsored with the Hattiesburg Public Library. The lecture is made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority.