Hidden Heroism

Hidden Heroism

Black Soldiers in America's Wars

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at the history of African American participation in the United States military from the Revolutionary War to the present day.

Perseus Publishing
An accessible and well-informed tour through a little-known, important aspect of race in American history.

In Hidden Heroism, Robert Edgerton investigates the history of Afro-American participation in American wars, from the French and Indian War to the present. He argues that blacks in American society have long-suffered from a "natural coward" stereotype that is implicit in the racism propagated from America's earliest days, and often intensified as blacks slowly received freedom in American society. For instance, blacks served admirably in various wars, returned home after their service to short-term recongnition, and then soon found themselves even more seriously entrenched in a racist system because they were perceived as a threat to whites. This was true, Edgerton argues, until the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam, though the stereotypes have not been fully eradicated. In this book, Edgerton provides an accessible and well-informed tour through this little-known, but significant aspect of race in American military history.


Book News
Investigates the history of African-American participation in American wars, from the French and Indian Wars to the present. Demonstrates that blacks were often subjected to increased racism after returning from armed service because they were perceived as a threat to whites. Includes b&w historical photos. Edgerton teaches anthropology at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2001
ISBN: 9780813338583
0813338581
Characteristics: viii, 271 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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