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Duty beyond the Battlefield: African American Soldiers Fight for Racial Uplift, Citizenship, and Manhood, 1870–1920

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In a bold departure from previous scholarship, Le’Trice D. Donaldson locates the often overlooked era between the Civil War and the end of World War I as the beginning of black soldiers’ involvement in the long struggle for civil rights. Donaldson traces the evolution of these soldiers as they used their military service to challenge white notions of an African American se ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 31st 2020 by Southern Illinois University Press
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Anthony Pignataro
I really enjoyed this book, which includes history I haven’t come across before. It’s readable, fascinating, and most definitely is not hagiography. When I first came across this book I was only looking for a history of the all-Black 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments (the famous “Buffalo Soldiers) but Donaldson has provided so much more, including information and analysis of why Black men joined the US Army from 1870 or so all the way to 1920. My only criticism is that I wish it was longer. While D ...more
Logan Frodl
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Donaldson's writing is accessible, interesting, and vital to understanding black masculinity and by extension, black citizenship 1870-1920. I would highly recommend! ...more
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