KIMBERLEY L. PHILLIPS - SOLDIERS IN THE AMERICAN I
The author traces African-Americans' campaign for "the right to fight" during World War II.
KIMBERLEY L. PHILLIPS is dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Brooklyn College. Her most recent book, War! What Is It Good For?: Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military From World War II to Iraq, traces African-Americans' campaign for "the right to fight," which forced Harry Truman to issue his 1948 executive order for equality in the armed forces. The book examines how blacks' participation in wars after Truman's order and their struggles for equal citizenship galvanized an antiwar activism that reshaped their struggles for freedom. Phillips considers how federal policies that desegregated the military also maintained racial, gender, and economic inequalities. A book signing will follow her Forum.