Military Training at Historically Black Colleges in the Jim Crow South
In Segregated Soldiers, Marcus S. Cox investigates military training programs at historically black colleges and universities, and demonstrates their importance to the struggle for civil rights. Examining African Americans’ attitudes toward service in the armed forces, Cox focuses on the ways in which black higher education and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs worked together to advance full citizenship rights for African Americans. Educators at black colleges supported military training as early as the late nineteenth century in hopes of improving the social, economic, and political state of black citizens. Their attitudes reflected the long-held belief of many African Americans who viewed military service as a path to equal rights.
Marcus S. Cox is an associate professor of history at The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. Raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he earned a bachelor’s in marketing and a master’s in history from Southern University, a doctorate in African American history from Northwestern University, and a master’s in business administration from The Citadel.
Praise for Segregated Soldiers
“Cox’s work is a welcome addition to the historiography of both the civil rights era and civil-military relations.”—Choice
“Insightful….Segregated Soldiers provides us with an invaluable starting point for understanding how military training programs shaped the attitudes of African American students at HBCUs toward American society throughout the twentieth century.”—American Historical Review
Links for Segregated Soldiers
Segregated Soliders: Military Training at the Core of the Fight for Civil Rights (author interview, WRKF)
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