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The Marines of Montford Point
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With an executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941, the United States Marine Corps--the last all-white branch of the U.S. military--was forced to begin recruiting and enlisting African Americans. The first black recruits received basic training at the segregated Camp Montford Point, adjacent to Camp Lejeune, near Jacksonville, North Carolina. Between 1942 and 1949 (when the base was closed as a result of President Truman's 1948 order fully desegregating all military forces) more than 20,000 men trained at Montford Point, most of them going on to serve in the Pacific Theatre in World War II as members of support units. This book, in conjunction with the documentary film of the same name, tells the story of these Marines for the first time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents, Maps and Illustrations
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Chapter 1. Home Towns
  2. pp. 14-22
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  1. Chapter 2. Joining Up
  2. pp. 23-35
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  1. Chapter 3. Getting There
  2. pp. 36-46
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  1. Chapter 4. Training at Montford Point
  2. pp. 47-76
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  1. Chapter 5. Resisting Segregation in the Civilian World
  2. pp. 77-95
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  1. Chapter 6. Fighting Segregation in the Corps
  2. pp. 96-117
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  1. Chapter 7. Combat and Service: World War II
  2. pp. 118-155
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  1. Chapter 8. Combat and Service: Korea and Vietnam
  2. pp. 156-177
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  1. Chapter 9. Legacy
  2. pp. 178-182
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  1. Epilogue: Interviewee Biographies
  2. pp. 183-191
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 193-196
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  1. Index of Interviewees
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-202
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