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"A very powerful account of a significant aspect of recent American military history."
-Journal of Military History,
"Westheider has researched very thoroughly-an effort including extensive interviews with Vietnam veterans-and he possesses a rare gift for narrative that makes the result of all this research eminently readable. A highly desirable addition for both African American studies and military affairs collections. . . . [an] invaluable history."
"James E. Westheider persuasively argues that black soldiers were the key factor in bringing about a more egalitarian military. This book significantly advances our understanding of both race relations and armed forces."
-Charles Moskos,Northwestern University
"With this meticulous investigation of how institutional racism operated in the military of the 1960s and 70s, James Westheider provides us with a model for making sense of institutional sexism in the Tailhook-era military."
-Cynthia Enloe,author of The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War
|1||"Good Soldiers": African Americans and the Right to Serve||8|
|2||"I'm Not a Draft Evader...I'm a Runaway Slave": African Americans and the Draft||18|
|3||"A Bonus for Growing Up White": The Problem of Institutional Racism||37|
|4||"My Fear Is for You": The Rise of Black Solidarity in the Armed Forces||66|
|5||"Going to Mess up Some Beasts Tonight": The Outbreak of Racial Violence in the Armed Forces||94|
|6||"We Have a Problem": The Military Response to Racial Violence and Radicalism||131|