Blacks in the U.S. Armed Forces: Basic Documents, 1639-1973

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Blacks in the U.S. Armed Forces is a documentary history of African-American participation in the military from colonial times to the Vietnam War. Originally published as a thirteen-volume set, this important collection is out of print in hard copy but is available in this microfilm edition.

Using military, government, and private records, Blacks in the U.S. Armed Forces traces the development of official military policy toward black personnel and the social and political forces influencing this policy. The documents here illustrate the roles of African Americans and the treatment they received. The contents are arranged chronologically; the first six volumes take the reader to the end of World War II, while volumes 7-13 deal with postwar developments.

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