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. Yet as the war in Vietnam progressed, many black recruits felt isolated and threatened in an institution controlled almost totally by whites. Consequently, many blacks no longer viewed the military as a professional opportunity, but an undue burden on the black community.
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.
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