Fighting for Hope

Fighting for Hope

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qThis fascinating story explores African-American efforts-- at war, at home, and in postwar community politics-- to achieve full citizenship in mid-twentieth-century America. Drawing on oral testimony, unpublished correspondence, archival records, memoirs, and diaries, Robert F. Jefferson explores the curious contradiction of war-effort idealism and entrenched discrimination through the experiences of the 93rd Infantry Division. Led by white officers and presumably unable to fight during the advance on the Philippines-- and with the army taking great pains to regulate contact between black soldiers and local women-- the division was largely relegated to support roles, seeing action only later in the war when U.S. officials found it unavoidable. Jefferson discusses racial policy within the War Department, examines the lives and morale of black GIs and their families, documents the debate over the deployment of black troops, and focuses on how the soldiers' wartime experiences reshaped their perspectives on race and responsibility in Americaq--Dust jacket.For example, the first AGCT test consisted of 150 multiple-choice questions and comprised sections that included the following: ... results from white males between the ages of 20 and 29 who resided in the northeastern portion 52 The Crucible.

Title:Fighting for Hope
Author:Robert F. Jefferson
Publisher:JHU Press - 2008-10-24


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