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Black Regulars, 1866-1898

ISBN-10: 0806133406
ISBN-13: 9780806133409
Edition: 2001
List price: $26.95
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Description: Black soldiers first entered the regular army of the United States in the summer of 1866. While their segregated regiments served in the American West for the next three decades, the promise of the Reconstruction era gave way to the repressiveness  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 12/15/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Black soldiers first entered the regular army of the United States in the summer of 1866. While their segregated regiments served in the American West for the next three decades, the promise of the Reconstruction era gave way to the repressiveness of Jim Crow. But black men found a degree of equality in the service: the army treated them no worse than it did their white counterparts. The Black Regularsuses army correspondence, court martial transcripts, and pension applications to tell who these men were often in their own words: how they were recruited and how their officers were selected; how the black regiments survived hostile Congressional hearings and stringent budget cuts; how enlisted men spent their time, both on and off duty; and how regimental chaplains tried to promote literacy through the army's schools. The authors shed new light on the military justice system, relations between black troops and their mostly white civilian neighbors, their professional reputations, and what veterans faced when they left the army for civilian life.

William A. Dobak received his PhD in American Studies from theUniversity of Kansas in 1995, and is now an authority on the history of blacksoldiers in the nineteenth century. An award-winning historian and author, hehas worked at the National Archives and the U.S. Center of Military History.

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