Taps For A Jim Crow Army: Letters from Black Soldiers in World War II

Taps For A Jim Crow Army: Letters from Black Soldiers in World War II

by Phillip McGuire
     
 

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Many black soldiers serving in the U.S. Army during World War II hoped that they might make permanent gains as a result of their military service and their willingness to defend their country. They were soon disabused of such illusions. Taps for a Jim Crow Army is a powerful collection of letters written by black soldiers in the 1940s to various government

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Many black soldiers serving in the U.S. Army during World War II hoped that they might make permanent gains as a result of their military service and their willingness to defend their country. They were soon disabused of such illusions. Taps for a Jim Crow Army is a powerful collection of letters written by black soldiers in the 1940s to various government and nongovernment officials. The soldiers expressed their disillusionment, rage, and anguish over the discrimination and segregation they experienced in the Army. Most black troops were denied entry into army specialist schools; black officers were not allowed to command white officers; black soldiers were served poorer food and were forced to ride Jim Crow military buses into town and to sit in Jim Crow base movie theaters. In the South, German POWs could use the same latrines as white American soldiers, but blacks could not. The original foreword by Benjamin Quarles, professor emeritus of history at Morgan State University, and a new foreword by Bernard C. Nalty, the chief historian in the Office of Air Force History, offer rich insights into the world of these soldiers.

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"Intensely affecting.... A vivid, challenging book." — Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A moving commentary on a dark page in American history." — Review of Politics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813108223
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
09/08/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Phillip McGuire is professor of history at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

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