Foxholes and Color Lines by Professor Sherie Mershon
Desegregating the U.S. Armed Forces

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The desegregation of the American armed forces -- one of the most sweeping changes in the military's history -- is widely remembered as a straightforward, relatively effortless process and a shining example of the effectiveness of America's military command. Foxholes and Color Lines challenges this view, revealing both the intense political conflict at the time and the strenuous opposition to racial integration within all branches of the armed forces.


About Professor Sherie Mershon

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Sherie Mershon is a research fellow at the Center for History and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University. Steven Schlossman is a professor of history and director of the Center for History and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Published February 20, 1998 by The Johns Hopkins University Press. 412 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, War, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Between World War II and the Vietnam War, the American military went through a dramatic social change involving the complete integration of blacks and whites on terms of formal, legal equality.

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