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The Black Regulars,1866-1898 / Edition 1
     

The Black Regulars,1866-1898 / Edition 1

by William A. Dobak, Thomas D. Phillips
 

ISBN-10: 0806133406

ISBN-13: 9780806133409

Pub. Date: 12/01/2001

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press


Black soldiers first entered the regular army of the United States in the summer of 1866. While their segregated regiments served in the American West for the following three decades, the promise of Reconstruction gave way to the repressiveness of Jim Crow. But black men found a degree of equality in the service: the army treated them no worse than it did

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Black soldiers first entered the regular army of the United States in the summer of 1866. While their segregated regiments served in the American West for the following three decades, the promise of Reconstruction gave way to the repressiveness of Jim Crow. But black men found a degree of equality in the service: the army treated them no worse than it did their white counterparts.

The Black Regulars uses army correspondence, court-martial transcripts, and pension applications to tell who these men were, often in their own words: how they were recruited and how their officers were selected; how the black regiments survived hostile congressional hearings and stringent budget cuts; how enlisted men spent their time, both on and off duty; and how regimental chaplains tried to promote literacy through the army’s schools. The authors shed new light on the military justice system, relations between black troops and their mostly white civilian neighbors, their professional reputations, and what veterans faced when they left the army for civilian life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806133409
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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