Essay on African Americans and Their Service

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African Americans and Their Service
Daniel Owsley
His 204
Instructor Christina Winn
October 11, 2010

African Americans and Their Service African Americans have contributed to the security of this nation by serving this country in spite of the racism they faced. From the Civil War to the present war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the African American soldiers have served and broke down racial barriers in the face of adversity. This is a look at the contribution of service to this country as soldiers from 1865 to present day. During the years of the Civil War, 1861-1865, the African Americans were participating in the war whether they were freemen or slaves. In the southern states many slaves were forced to aid in the war effort by
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As the war came to an end in 1865, a new chapter of American history opened as the Thirteenth Amendment was passed. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States and millions of African Americans were free (Davidson, Delay, Heyrman, Lytle, & Stoff, 2008). With their new freedom many African Americans had nowhere to go so they found themselves serving their country as soldiers. As western expansion began in the United States so did the threat of war. The black soldiers found themselves fighting the Native American Indians. With white settlers moving west in search of prosperity, imminent danger was around the corner. The plains Indians were forced to protect their land and way of life. African American soldiers of the Civil War remained in the Army. Many of the soldiers or veterans of the Civil War fought against the plains Indians. “In 1866 two regiments of black soldiers formed the ninth and tenth Calvary under the command of white officers” and fought for their country again despite racism and segregation. Even though the black soldiers were making it possible for settlers to migrate west, there were confrontations between white and blacks (Davidson, et al., 2008). According to Gregory Lalire (2008), “confrontation between

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