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African American Experience in Vietnam - Brothers in Arms

English · Hardback

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In this book James E. Westheider explores the social and professional paradoxes facing African-American soldiers in Vietnam. Service in the military started as a demonstration of the merits of integration as blacks competed with whites on a near equal basis for the first time. Military service, especially service in Vietnam, helped shape modern black culture and fostered a sense of black solidarity in the Armed Forces. But as the war progressed, racial violence became a major problem for the Armed Forces as they failed to keep pace with the sweeping changes in civilian society. Despite the boasts of the Department of Defense, personal and institutional racism remained endemic to the system. Westheider tells this story expertly and accessibly by providing the history and background of African American participation in the U.S. Armed Forces then following all the way through to the experience of African Americans returning home from the Vietnam war.

List of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: African Americans in the Armed Forces before Vietnam Chapter 2: American Involvement in Vietnam and the Draft Chapter 3: The Black Military Experience in the Vietnam Era Chapter 4: Anti-War Sentiment and Black Disillusionment Chapter 5: Racial Violence in the Military and the Military Response Chapter 6: Vietnamization and Going Home Appendixes Documents Bibliographic Essay

About the author

James E. Westheider is associate professor of American history and interim chair of the Humanities Division at the University of Cincinnati-Clermont College and a faculty member there since 1998. He is the author of Fighting on Two Fronts: African-Americans and the Vietnam War.


Explores the social and professional paradoxes facing African-American soldiers in Vietnam.

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