Men of Color to Arms!: Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality

Men of Color to Arms!: Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality

Elizabeth D. Leonard


The tale of the black squaddies who helped keep the Union, triumph over the West, and construct the nation.

In 1863, on the peak of the Civil conflict, Frederick Douglass promised African americans that serving within the army provided a definite route to freedom. as soon as a black guy grew to become a soldier, Douglass declared, “there is not any strength in the world or lower than the earth which may deny that he has earned the suitable to citizenship within the United States.” greater than 180,000 black males heeded his name to guard the Union―only to discover the trail to equality wouldn't be so straightforward.

during this sharply drawn historical past, Professor Elizabeth D. Leonard unearths the aspirations and achievements in addition to the setbacks and disappointments of African American infantrymen. Drawing on eye-opening firsthand bills, she restores black squaddies to their position within the arc of yank background, from the Civil conflict and its promise of freedom till the sunrise of the 20 th century and the complete retrenchment of Jim Crow.

alongside the way in which, Leonard bargains a nuanced account of black infantrymen’ involvement within the Indian Wars, their makes an attempt to desegregate West element and achieve right popularity for his or her provider, and their adventure of Reconstruction nationally, as blacks labored to safe their position in an ever-changing state. With ample basic learn, enlivened via memorable characters and vibrant descriptions of military lifestyles, Men of colour to Arms! is an illuminating portrait of a gaggle of fellows whose contributions to American background have to be additional well-known. forty six Illustrations

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