The Right to Fight by Gerald Astor
A History of African Americans in the Military

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From Bunker Hill to Hamburger Hill, the valorous service of African Americans in the armed forces of the United States is even more noble considering the historical hostility of other Americans to their serving at all.

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Gerald Astor is a critically acclaimed military historian and author of such books as "The Mighty Eighth,"" A Blood Dimmed Tide,"" The Right to Fight,"" The Greatest War," and" Bloody" "Forest," He lives near New York City. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published October 1, 1998 by Presidio Press. 576 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Although the experiences of blacks in the Civil War has been well documented (and even popularized by Hollywood), the author’s account covers the essential details of those who fought for both North and South, and then moves on to look at their situation in the postwar Indian campaigns, the war w...

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Beginning with the institutionalized racism prior to WWI, he outlines the conflict between a military that regarded blacks as unfit for effective combat and an African American community insistent on their right to serve as American citizens rather than accept segregated regiments.

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Then the U.S. 369th Infantry Regiment landed in France early in 1918, no division in the American Expeditionary Force wanted it, because its soldiers were black.

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