The African-American Soldier: From Crispus Attucks to Colin Powell (Google eBook)

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Citadel Press, 2004 - History - 319 pages
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This moving and revealing account of the road to racial equality in the military evokes the heroic struggle of African Americans to become full citizens by risking their lives and dying for their country.

African Americans fought bravely in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War (more than 37,000 died during that bloody struggle to end slavery), World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. It was not until Desert Storm that black men and women reached every rank in the armed services.

  

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Contents

Colonial Days and the Revolutionary War
1
The War of 1812 and Beyond
18
The American Civil War
30
Reconstruction and the Indian Wars
62
The SpanishAmerican War Cuba and the Philippines
82
The Battles of Peace Brownsville and the Great White Fleet
101
Prelude to World War Mexico and Houston
116
The Great War World War I
129
World War II Navy and Marine Corps
198
Executive Order 9981 Before and After
214
The Korean War Integration Under Fire
225
The Fifties An Integrated Military in a Segregated America
241
Vietnam The Only War We Had
250
After Vietnam Unrest and the Advance of Equality
270
United Defenders Today and Tomorrow
281
TwentyFirst Century The War On Terrorism
293

Between the Wars The Struggle Continues
149
World War I Army
160
World War II Army Air Force
188

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Michael Lee Lanning retired from the army as a lieutenant colonel after more than twenty years' service. During his assignment to Vietnam, he served as both an infantry platoon leader and a company commander in the 199th Infantry Brigade (Light). He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

"From the Paperback edition.

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