Writing black troops out of Civil War history paved way for Jim Crow

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Writing black troops out of Civil War history paved way for Jim Crow

Post #1 by optimusprime » November 19th, 2015, 11:28 pm

Writing black troops out of Civil War history paved way for Jim Crow

by: LARRY RUBIN
november 18 2015
WASHINGTON - "If we don't tell our own story it will not be told," says Dr. Frank Smith, founder and director of the African American Civil War Museum and Memorial here.

Regiments of African American soldiers, called at the time United States Colored Troops (USCT), were key in winning every major victory during the last two years of the Civil War. They captured Charleston, the cradle of secession, and Richmond, the capital of the confederacy. Yet their crucial role has been largely ignored.

According to Smith, writing black troops out of Civil War history helped lay the groundwork for almost 100 years of segregation and Jim Crow.
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