White Man's War?

In Philadelphia, Negro Harry Carpenter was held for treason* when he told a Negro Army sergeant: "This is a white man's war, and it's no damn good."

Negroes have fought ably in every U.S. war since the Revolution. In the Civil War, the Union had 170,000 black soldiers under arms. But when the first Negro leader, Frederick Bailey Douglass, asked why they were paid less than white soldiers, President Lincoln temporized. Negroes should be glad they could serve at all, said Mr. Lincoln. They had more to fight for than any white man.

Since World War I, the Negro's status...

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