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Breaking the Color Barrier
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ISBN 9780814740132
REGISTERED: 11/12/17
UPDATED: 10/28/21
Breaking the Color Barrier

Between Reconstruction and the beginning of World War II, only five black men were admitted to the United States Naval Academy. None graduated, and all were deeply scarred by intense racial discrimination, ranging from brutal hazing incidents to the institutionalized racist policies of the Academy itself. Breaking the Color Barrier examines the black community's efforts to integrate the Naval Academy, as well as the experiences that black midshipmen encountered at Annapolis. Historian Robert J.


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  • Breaking the Color Barrier available on April 22 2016 from Buy for 82.42
  • ISBN bar code 9780814740132 ξ2 registered April 22 2016
  • ISBN bar code 9780814740132 ξ1 registered August 15 2012
  • Product category is Book

Between Reconstruction and the beginning of World War II, only five black men were admitted to the United States Naval Academy. None graduated, and all were deeply scarred by intense racial discrimination, ranging from brutal hazing incidents to the institutionalized racist policies of the Academy itself. Breaking the Color Barrier examines the black community's efforts to integrate the Naval Academy, as well as the experiences that black midshipmen encountered at Annapolis. Historian Robert J. Schneller analyzes how the Academy responded to demands for integration from black and white civilians, civil rights activists, and politicians, as well as what life at the Academy was like for black midshipmen and the encounters they had with their white classmates. Often adversarial and violent, supportive relationships between black and white midshipmen did exist at the Academy, particularly in the post-World War II era. In 1949, Midshipman Wesley Brown achieved what seemed to be the impossible: he became the first black graduate of the Academy. Armed with intelligence, social grace, athleticism, self-discipline, and an immutable pluck, as well as critical support from friends and family, Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, and the Executive Department, Brown was able to confront and ultimately shatter the Academy's tradition of systematic racial discrimination. Based on the Navy's documentary records and on personal interviews with scores of midshipmen and naval officers, Breaking the Color Barrier sheds light on the Academy's first step in transforming itself from a racist institution to one that today ranks equal opportunity among its fundamental tenets.


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    ^ (2012). 9780814740132, NYU Press. Wiki. (revised Jan 2015)
    ^ Breaking the Color Barrier Buy. (revised Apr 2016)

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