Life Upon These Shores: Gates on the Pre-Civil Rights Era

Friday, December 16, 2011

Henry Louis Gates Jr., professor at Harvard University, as well as director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and author of Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History 1513-2008, continues this month's series with a discussion about African-American history in the World War II and pre-Civil Rights era.


Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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Native Americans served in the U.S. military in the War of 1812, the Civil War, and the Spanish American War. 12,000 served in WWI (before they were given citizenship). 44,000 served with distinction in WWII (out of a population of 350,000). 42,000 served in Vietnam. By the year 2000 there were 190,000 veterans.

Dec. 16 2011 12:17 PM
Matt from Great Neck, NY

It drives me crazy that Brian cuts Gates off during these wonderful history mini-lectures. What is the rush to? We need to spend to some ridiculous story about the GOP debates? Or the useless segment about the internet piracy, which is simply a fight between media giants?

Please give Gates his due.

Dec. 16 2011 11:02 AM
Rick from Connecticut

The Commanding officer of African American Troops was Hamilton Fish the congressman, and he gave a strong civil right speech to his troops before they went back to the U.S. after WWI. He told them toi fight for their freedoms as they had for the French

Dec. 16 2011 10:49 AM

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