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For the 380,000 African American soldiers who fought in World War I, Woodrow Wilson's charge to make the world "safe for democracy" carried life-or-death meaning. Chad L. Williams reveals the central role of African American soldiers in the global conflict and how they, along with race activists and ordinary citizens, committed to fighting for democracy at home and beyond. Using a diverse range of sources, Torchbearers of Democracy reclaims the legacy of African American soldiers and veterans and connects their history to issues such as the obligations of citizenship, combat and labor, diaspora and internationalism, homecoming and racial violence, "New Negro" militancy, and African American memories of the war.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I: War
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 1 DEMOCRACY AT WAR: African Americans, Citizenship, and the Meanings of Military Service
  2. pp. 13-62
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  1. 2 THE “RACE QUESTION”: The U.S. Government and the Training Experiences of African American Soldiers
  2. pp. 63-104
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  1. 3 THE HELL OF WAR: African American Soldiers in Labor and Combat
  2. pp. 105-144
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  1. 4 LES SOLDATS NOIRS: France, Black Military Service, and the Challenges of Internationalism and Diaspora
  2. pp. 145-184
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  1. Part II: Peace?
  2. pp. 185-186
  1. 5 WAGING PEACE: The End of the War and the Hope of Democracy
  2. pp. 187-222
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  1. 6 THE WAR AT HOME: African American Veterans and Violence in the Long “Red Summer”
  2. pp. 223-260
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  1. 7 SOLDIERS TO “NEW NEGROES”: African American Veterans and Postwar Racial Militancy
  2. pp. 261-298
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  1. 8 LEST WE FORGET: The War and African American Soldiers in History and Memory
  2. pp. 299-344
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  1. EPILOGUE
  2. pp. 345-352
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 353-408
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 409-436
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 437-452
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469604961
Related ISBN
9780807833940
MARC Record
OCLC
966845903
Pages
472
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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