Fighting on Two Fronts: African Americans and the Vietnam War / Edition 1

Fighting on Two Fronts: African Americans and the Vietnam War / Edition 1

by Benjamin Zeller
     
 

In this dramatic history of race relations during the Vietnam War, James E. Westheider illustrates how American soldiers in Vietnam grappled with many of the same racial conflicts that were roiling their homeland thousands of miles away. Over seven years in the making, Fighting on Two Fronts draws on interviews with dozens of Vietnam veterans - black and white - and… See more details below

Overview

In this dramatic history of race relations during the Vietnam War, James E. Westheider illustrates how American soldiers in Vietnam grappled with many of the same racial conflicts that were roiling their homeland thousands of miles away. Over seven years in the making, Fighting on Two Fronts draws on interviews with dozens of Vietnam veterans - black and white - and official Pentagon documents to paint the first complete picture of the African American experience in Vietnam.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814793244
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1"Good Soldiers": African Americans and the Right to Serve8
2"I'm Not a Draft Evader...I'm a Runaway Slave": African Americans and the Draft18
3"A Bonus for Growing Up White": The Problem of Institutional Racism37
4"My Fear Is for You": The Rise of Black Solidarity in the Armed Forces66
5"Going to Mess up Some Beasts Tonight": The Outbreak of Racial Violence in the Armed Forces94
6"We Have a Problem": The Military Response to Racial Violence and Radicalism131
7Aftermath169
Notes177
Bibliography219
Index229

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