Men of Color to Arms!: Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality (Hardcover)

Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality

By Elizabeth D. Leonard

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393060393, 315pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2010



In this sharply drawn history, Professor Elizabeth D. Leonard reveals the aspirations and achievements as well as the setbacks and disappointments of African American soldiers. Drawing on eye-opening firsthand accounts, she restores black soldiers to their place in the arc of American history, from the Civil War and its promise of freedom until the dawn of the 20th century and the full retrenchment of Jim Crow Along the way, Leonard offers a nuanced account of black soldiers' involvement in the Indian Wars, their attempts to desegregate West Point and gain proper recognition for their service, and their experience of Reconstruction nationally, as blacks worked to secure their place in an ever-changing nation. With abundant primary research, enlivened by memorable characters and vivid descriptions of army life, Men of Color to Arms is an illuminating portrait of a group of men whose contributions to American history need to be further recognized.