[Marxism] Historians reveal African-Americans’ role in WWI—and how it influenced later civil-rights struggles

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon May 19 07:22:12 MDT 2014


Other black soldiers suffered as well. And the problems continued back 
home, where the hoped-for expansion of civil rights failed to 
materialize. That partly explains why scholars for years largely 
neglected the black experience in World War I. The era, Williams says, 
was seen as a "disillusioning moment" of racial retrenchment. As he 
writes, black soldiers returned home to "a wave of racial violence 
unmatched since the aftermath of the Civil War." At least 11 black 
veterans were lynched in 1919. Some 25 race riots flared up across the 
country. Black soldiers from the South were urged not to return home in 
military dress. Some were met at train stations by white mobs and forced 
to remove their uniforms.

full: http://chronicle.com/article/Roots-of-Freedom/146551/



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