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By Adam P. Wilson

In April 1917, Congress authorized President Woodrow Wilson’s request to claim battle at the principal Powers, thrusting the U.S. into global conflict I with the rallying cry, “The international has to be made secure for democracy.” months later 1,250 African American men—college graduates, businessmen, medical professionals, attorneys, reverends and non-commissioned officers—volunteered to turn into the 1st blacks to obtain officer education at castle Des Moines, Iowa. Denied the entire privileges and protections of democracy at domestic, they ready to safeguard it overseas in hopes that their provider will be rewarded with equivalent citizenship at war’s end.
This ebook tells the tales of those black American squaddies’ lives in the course of education, in wrestle and after their go back domestic. the writer addresses problems with nationwide and overseas racism and equality and discusses the Army’s use of African American troops, the construction of a segregated officer education camp, the war’s implications for civil rights in the United States, and armed forces accountability as a duty of citizenship.

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