greatwar-1914:

An African-American soldier in a training camp, 1917. Most of the American army’s training sites were in the deep South, where armed black men threatened Jim Crow white supremacy.

The mayor of Spartanburg, South Carolina, protested in the New York times that black soldiers, “with their Northern ideas about race equality, they will probably
expect to be treated like white men. I can say right here that they will
not be treated as anything except negroes.” The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce also wrote in that “It is a great mistake to send Northern negroes down here, for they do not understand our attitude.”

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The World War I Propaganda Flyer in This Week’s Watchmen Was Real

The World War I Propaganda Flyer in This Week’s Watchmen Was Real

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