Hidden heroism : Black soldiers in America's wars / Robert B. Edgerton.
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- ISBN: 9781435115071
- ISBN: 1435115074
- Physical Description: viii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble, Inc., 2009.
Originally published : Boulder, Colorado : Westview Press, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-260) and index.
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"The average Negro is naturally cowardly" -- "The war to save humanity" -- World War I: "Our country, our war" -- From triumph to despair -- "Made perfect fools of themselves" -- From humiliation to integration -- Black soldiers in other armies -- Looking ahead.
Robert B. Edgerton chronicles the history of African-American participation in American wars, from the French and Indian War to the present. He argues that blacks in America have long endured a "natural coward" stereotype that stemmed from racial prejudice and intensified as blacks gradually received freedom in American society. It is common for black soldiers who served admirably in combat to return home to little recognition of their achievements and deeply entrenched racism from whites who perceived them as a threat. Although this situation was somewhat rectified by the time of the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War, the stereotypes have not been fully eradicated. This book provides an accessible and well-informed study of this little-known but significant aspect of race relations in American military history.
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