Christine and Dennis McClure present We Fought the Road

We Fought the Road is the story of the building of the Alaska-Canada Highway during World War II. More than one third of the 10,607 builders were black; thought to be incapable of performing on a war front by many of their white commanding officers. Their task--which required punching through wilderness on a route blocked by the Rocky Mountains and deadly permafrost during the worst winter on record--has been likened to the building of the Panama Canal. Unlike most accounts that focus on the road's military planners, We Fought the Road is boots-on-the-ground and often personal, based in part on letters from the "Three Cent Romance," the successful courtship via mail discovered in the authors' family papers.

Christine was born in Annapolis, MD, and later served in the United States Army as a registered nurse at the end of the Vietnam Era. She and her husband, Dennis, live in Weaverville, NC. Upon discovering her father's letters to her mother during World War II, Christine set out with Dennis on a journey to document the untold stories of the Alaska-Canada Highway. Learn more about their journey at

Dennis McClure was born and raised in Northern Michigan and pursued a PhD on the pre-Civil War history of the Mountain South after serving with the United States Army. We Fought the Road is his first published book, written with his wife Christine about the untold stories of the Alaska-Canada highway.

Event date: 
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
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ISBN: 9781935347774
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Epicenter Press - September 12th, 2017