U.S. At War: Sit-Down & Sentence

In the U.S. Army's troubled history of race relations, an army court-martial wrote one more entry. The court found four Negro WACs guilty of refusing to obey a superior's command.

The accused were members of a company of 99 Negro WACs stationed at Lovell General Hospital, Fort Devens, Mass. The four and 56 others, most of whom served as orderlies, had gone on a sit-down strike, complaining that they were given menial jobs and were treated badly because of their color. After Negro and white officers (including a major general) had talked to them, the 56 had gone back to their...

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