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Black Regulars 1866–1898 (Reprint) (Paperback) (William A. Dobak & Thomas D. Phillips)

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Black soldiers first entered the United States Army in the summer of 1866. While their segregated regiments served in the American West for the next three decades, the promise of the Reconstruction era gave way to the repressiveness of Jim Crow. But black men found a degree of equality in the service: the army treated them no worse than it did their white counterparts.

The Black Regulars uses army correspondence, court martial transcripts, and pension applications to tell who these men were often in their own words: how they were recruited and how their officers were selected; how the black regiments survived hostile Congressional hearings and stringent budget cuts; how enlisted men spent their time, both on and off duty; and how regimental chaplains tried to promote literacy through the army’s schools. The authors shed new light on the military justice system, relations between black troops and their mostly white civilian neighbors, their professional reputations, and what veterans faced when they left the army for civilian life.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 360
Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr
Author: William A. Dobak & Thomas D. Phillips
Language: English
Street Date: January 16, 2017
TCIN: 51995157
UPC: 9780806157535
Item Number (DPCI): 248-39-2101
$21.95

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