Fighting for Democracy : Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South / Christopher S. Parker.Material type: BookSeries: Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives ; 107.Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, Copyright date: ©2010Edition: Course Book.Description: 1 online resource : 13 line illus. 14 tables.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400831029.Subject(s): African American veterans -- Political activity -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century | African Americans -- Civil rights -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century | Civil rights movements -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil RightsDDC classification: 323.1196073 Online resources: Click here to access online | Cover
Frontmatter -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Chapter 1. War, Military Service, and the Prospect for Change -- Chapter 2. Military Service and Resistance -- Chapter 3. Taking the Crooked with the Straight -- Chapter 4. When Jim Crow Meets Uncle Sam -- Chapter 5. Exploring the Attitudinal Consequences of African American Military Service -- Chapter 6. Dying to Participate -- Conclusion. Taps for Jim Crow in the Postwar South -- Appendix A. Study Description, Coding, Question Wording, and Other Estimates from Chapters 5 and 6 -- Appendix B. Content Analysis of the Chicago Defender -- Appendix C. Interview Methodology and Material -- Appendix D. Profiles of Selected Black Veteran Activists -- References -- Index
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Fighting for Democracy shows how the experiences of African American soldiers during World War II and the Korean War influenced many of them to challenge white supremacy in the South when they returned home. Focusing on the motivations of individual black veterans, this groundbreaking book explores the relationship between military service and political activism. Christopher Parker draws on unique sources of evidence, including interviews and survey data, to illustrate how and why black servicemen who fought for their country in wartime returned to America prepared to fight for their own equality. Parker discusses the history of African American military service and how the wartime experiences of black veterans inspired them to contest Jim Crow. Black veterans gained courage and confidence by fighting their nation's enemies on the battlefield and racism in the ranks. Viewing their military service as patriotic sacrifice in the defense of democracy, these veterans returned home with the determination and commitment to pursue equality and social reform in the South. Just as they had risked their lives to protect democratic rights while abroad, they risked their lives to demand those same rights on the domestic front. Providing a sophisticated understanding of how war abroad impacts efforts for social change at home, Fighting for Democracy recovers a vital story about black veterans and demonstrates their distinct contributions to the American political landscape.
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