Men of Color to Arms!
Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality
Baker & Taylor
A history professor discusses the contributions of black soldiers in the United States during the second half of the 19th century, presenting individuals' stories, details of battles and descriptions of army life, highlighting their early struggles for racial equality.
In 1863, at the height of the Civil War, Frederick Douglass promised African Americans that serving in the military offered a sure path to freedom. Once a black man became a soldier, Douglass declared, “there is no power on earth or under the earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship in the United States.” More than 180,000 black men heeded his call to defend the Union—only to find the path to equality would not be so straightforward.In this sharply drawn history, Professor Elizabeth D. Leonard reveals the aspirations and achievements as well as the setbacks and disappointments of African American soldiers. Drawing on eye-opening firsthand accounts, she restores black soldiers to their place in the arc of American history, from the Civil War and its promise of freedom until the dawn of the 20th century and the full retrenchment of Jim Crow.Along the way, Leonard offers a nuanced account of black soldiers’ involvement in the Indian Wars, their attempts to desegregate West Point and gain proper recognition for their service, and their experience of Reconstruction nationally, as blacks worked to secure their place in an ever-changing nation. With abundant primary research, enlivened by memorable characters and vivid descriptions of army life, Men of Color to Arms! is an illuminating portrait of a group of men whose contributions to American history need to be further recognized.
The story of the black soldiers who helped save the Union, conquer the West, and build the nation.
Taking her title from an 1863 broadside designed by Frederick Douglass and other leading African Americans in Philadelphia, Leonard (history, Colby College, Maine) explores how recently freed slaves were enlisted into the US Army and sent to occupy the defeated South and later to play a major role in the war against Native Americans on the western frontiers. She begins in the 1860s and the establishment of the United States Colored Troops and black Regular Army regiments, and continues through the frontier wars of the 1870s and 1880s, the collapse of Indian resistance at Wounded Knee in 1890, and the World's Columbia Exposition in Chicago in 1893 to the 1896 affirmation of racial segregation by the US Supreme Court in Plessy v. Ferguson. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Discusses the contributions of black soldiers in the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century, presenting individuals' stories, details of battles, and descriptions of army life.
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2010
Branch Call Number:
355.00899 L5524m 2010
xviii, 315 p. : ill. ; 25 cm