Soldiers like Rayford Logan fought two wars at once, one against Germany and one against Jim Crow. Most couldn't say which had left deepest scars.
The 386,000 African Americans who served in the military during the Great War served as symbols and agents of the black freedom struggle. In a period when the system of political and economic exploitation known as Jim Crow seemed triumphant in the U.S. and poised to spread its wings, the “War for Democracy” seemed a powerful opportunity to disrupt Jim Crow’s ascendancy. This talk explores how African Americans battled white supremacy during World War I —and what the war for democracy abroad meant for civil and human rights at home.