The U.S. Military and Civil Rights Since World War II, 1st Edition

  • Heather Stur
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  • ISBN-10: 144084206X
  • ISBN-13: 9781440842061
  • DDC: 355.008
  • 248 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released November 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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The integration of African Americans and women into the US Armed Forces after World War II coincided with major social movements in which marginalized civilians demanded equal citizenship rights. As this book explores, due to personnel needs, the military was a leading institution in opening positions to women and African Americans and offering educational and economic opportunities that were often unavailable to them in the civilian world. By opening positions to African Americans and women and remaking its image, the military was an institutional leader on social equality in the second half of the 20th century. The pushback against gay men and women wishing to serve openly in the forces, however, revealed the limits of the military's progressivism. This text investigates how policymakers have defined who belongs in the military and counts as a soldier, and how the need to attract new recruits led to opening the forces to marginalized groups and the rebranding of the services.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Military and American Society.
2: World War II and the Racial Integration of the Military.
3: Racial Integration and the Cold War.
4: Military Roles for Women from World War II into the Early Cold War.
5: The Sixties, Women, and the Vietnam War.
6: Women in the All-Volunteer Military.
7: Homosexuality in the Military.
8: Conclusion.
About the Author.