The Black Regulars, 1866–1898

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Black soldiers first entered the regular army of the United States in the summer of 1866. While their segregated regiments served in the American West for the following three decades, the promise of Reconstruction gave way to the repressiveness of Jim Crow. But black men found a degree of equality in the service: the army treated them no worse than it did their white counterparts.

The Black Regulars uses army correspondence, court-martial transcripts, and pension applications to tell who these men were, often in their own words: how they were recruited and how their officers were selected; how the black regiments survived hostile congressional hearings and stringent budget cuts; how enlisted men spent their time, both on and off duty; and how regimental chaplains tried to promote literacy through the army’s schools. The authors shed new light on the military justice system, relations between black troops and their mostly white civilian neighbors, their professional reputations, and what veterans faced when they left the army for civilian life.

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William A. Dobak, retired from the National Archives, Washington, D.C., is the author of Fort Riley and Its Neighbors: Military Money and Economic Growth, 1853–1895 and Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867.

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The Black Regularsis a fine examination of a military experience shaped and defined by prejudice and discrimination. . . . [T]his is the best single volume on the lives of black soldiers in the frontier Army.”—Frank N. Schubert, in Army History

“Within the black regiments were congregated a few saints and a few sinners, but the vast majority were simply men who chose the soldier’s profession and performed their duties remarkably well. Their stories are now given new voice in this exceptionally fine synthesis that complements all previous book-length studies of the topic.”—Michael L. Tate, in the Journal of Southern History

“The beauty of this study is that it overturns a number of long-held assumptions regarding the black regiments of the late nineteenth century. . . . [The book] fill[s] a most signifucant gap in the scholarly literature of the black regulars in the West.”—John H. Monnett, in Pacific Historical Review

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Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 384 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. BLACK STUDIES. Black soldiers first entered the regular army of the United States in the summer of 1866. While their segregated regiments served in the American West for the next three decades, the promise of the Reconstruction era gave way to the repressiveness of Jim Crow. But black men found a degree of equality in the service: the army treated them no worse than it did their white counterparts. The Black Regulars uses army correspondence, court martial transcripts, and pension applications to tell who these men were often in their own words: how they were recruited and how their officers were selected; how the black regiments survived hostile Congressional hearings and stringent budget cuts; how enlisted men spent their time, both on and off duty; and how regimental chaplains tried to promote literacy through the army's schools. The authors shed new light on the military justice system, relations between black troops and their mostly white civilian neighbors, their professional reputations, and what veterans faced when they left the army for civilian life. 19 black-and-white Illustrations, 2 maps, 384 pages, 6" x 9". William A. Dobak received a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Kansas in 1995. He now works at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Thomas D. Phillips holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. "Based on exhaustive research in documents never before exploited, The Black Regulars offers fresh perspectives on black soldiers and overturns many long-held assumptions. A seminal work."--Robert M. Utley, author of Cavalier in Buckskin "The army offered black men better opportunities than did civilian life, and William Dobak's The Black Regulars offers us the best study of their experiences."--James M. McPherson "Well written and full of fascinating detail, this balanced account should clear up many misconceptions."--Roger Lane, author of The Roots of Black Violence in Philadelphia, 1860-1900 (Key Words: Black Soldiers, Military History, William A. Dobak, Thomas D. Phillips, United States, History, American West, Jim Crow, Reconstruction). book. Bookseller Inventory # 88830X1

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