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FIGHTING FOR RESPECT: African-American Soldiers in WWI

By Jami L. Bryan As the people of the United States watched World War I ignite across Europe, African American citizens saw an opportunity to win the respect of their white neighbors. America was a segregated society and African Americans were considered, at best, second class citizens. Yet despite that, there were many African American …

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The Black “Immune” Regiments in the Spanish-American War

By LTC Roger D. Cunningham, USA Ret. In April 1898 Congress declared war on Spain, and patriotic Americans of all colors rallied to the flag.  The rampant discrimination that characterized race relations in this country during the Gilded Age caused some black citizens to question America’s crusade to end Spanish oppression of dark-skinned Cubans, Puerto …

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