Hidden Heroism: Black Soldiers In America's Wars

Hidden Heroism: Black Soldiers In America's Wars

by Robert Edgerton

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Overview

In Hidden Heroism , Robert Edgerton investigates the history of Afro-American participation in American wars, from the French and Indian War to the present. He argues that blacks in American society have long-suffered from a "natural coward" stereotype that is implicit in the racism propagated from America's earliest days, and often intensified as blacks slowly received freedom in American society. For instance, blacks served admirably in various wars, returned home after their service to short-term recongnition, and then soon found themselves even more seriously entrenched in a racist system because they were perceived as a threat to whites. This was true, Edgerton argues, until the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam, though the stereotypes have not been fully eradicated. In this book, Edgerton provides an accessible and well-informed tour through this little-known, but significant aspect of race in American military history.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813340258
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/01/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 582,561
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Robert B. Edgerton is the author of more than twenty books on a variety of sociological, anthropological, and historical topics, including Hidden Heroism (Westview). He also teaches anthropology at the UCLA School of Medicine.

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