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Crispus Attucks, a black man, is listed as the first person to die in the American War of Independence. Blacks have put their lives on the line for a country that for centuries has enslaved, segregated, and discriminated against them.
The historic connections between full citizenship and military service led many African Americans to believe and hope that their service in the American military would result in full civil rights and equality. All too often, however, white leadership and society destroyed their hopes. Until the Korean War, blacks served in segregated units under racist leadership and were often relegated to labor and service units.
Stereotypes of their alleged incompetence and unreliability dominated in the military and in civilian society through the white press. Early on, civil rights activists, the African American press, and historians challenged the discriminatory and segregated conditions and the negative and humiliating images of black soldiers presented in dominant public discourse.
This position considered military service as an important means to demand and acquire full civil rights. For years this scholarship took a top-down approach that revealed how and where the military used and excluded blacks.
Especially since the late 20th century, however, historians have shifted the focus away from more traditional military history of warfighting and operations to war and society, often still called the New Military History. It focuses on social and cultural history of military and war.
Questions of race and protest movements of minorities against mistreatment and military segregation within and outside the armed forces have gained more attention.
So have questions concerning memory and gender. They have also played an increasingly important role in research of blacks in the military, broadening the story beyond questions of race. General Overviews Starting in the s, numerous overviews have been published on African Americans in the US armed forces since the American Revolution.
These works focus predominantly on the long service and involvement in combat of African Americans in the armed forces, with the intention of debunking the myth of black soldiers as cowardly and unfit to defend the nation. BuckleyEdgertonLanningand Mullen provide good overviews and introductions to the issue at hand.
Foner and Nalty remain the most in-depth and academic studies of the topic. While the edited volume Jensen includes articles on other minorities, the majority of the twenty articles are on blacks in the military. Phillips provides a detailed study that uses a plethora of primary and secondary sources.
Predominantly based on secondary literature, interviews, and autobiographical writing, the book underlines the racism against blacks in service on a daily basis but also the profound transformation the American military went through, especially since the Second World War.
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