African Americans have long used the military for gaining legitimacy and as the ultimate path to citizenship. Blacks in the Military and Beyond thoughtfully chronicles their tumultuous journey from slavery through the present, extending the ourstory to pre-service, in service and post-service economic considerations as significant factors in determining whether or not serving in the military has advantaged Blacks, and how such mechanisms like the periodic drawing down of forces have impacted Blacks overall. G.L.A. Harris and Evelyn L. Lewis delve into the role of the military as a conduit in helping to create and sustain the Black middle class, challenging the military to be more strategic as to the long term effects of its decisions to be ever mindful of upholding its moral compact with African Americans.
About the Author
G.L.A. Harris is professor of public administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Evelyn L. Lewis is adjunct associate professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and chairman at Warrior Centric Healthcare Foundation.