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Black Yanks in the Pacific: Race in the Making of American Military Empire after World War II by Michael Cullen Green (review)

Black Yanks in the Pacific: Race in the Making of American Military Empire after World War II by... Book Reviews Black Yanks in the Pacific: Race in the Making of American Military Empire after World War II. By michael cullen green. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2010. 224 pp. $35.00 (cloth). In Black Yanks in the Pacific, Michael Cullen Green traces the experiences of a population who was critical to manifesting the U.S. military vision of the Cold War, but has been often overlooked in historical narratives of the Cold War--the African American soldiers in the U.S. military. Green points to the exponential increase in the numbers of African American servicemen in the years after World War II, as "nearly two million black citizens" came to serve in the U.S. military during the decade after 1945 (p. 2). In the midst of a galvanizing Cold War, why did such an increase occur, and what kind of meaning did African Americans' overseas participation in the U.S. military come to hold? In his response to these questions, Green argues for what he sees as a significant change in the attitudes held by the black public regarding the U.S. military during the period from 1945 through the Korean War in the 1950s. What started initially as "disgust" for the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Black Yanks in the Pacific: Race in the Making of American Military Empire after World War II by Michael Cullen Green (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 24 (1) – Aug 7, 2013

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Book Reviews Black Yanks in the Pacific: Race in the Making of American Military Empire after World War II. By michael cullen green. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2010. 224 pp. $35.00 (cloth). In Black Yanks in the Pacific, Michael Cullen Green traces the experiences of a population who was critical to manifesting the U.S. military vision of the Cold War, but has been often overlooked in historical narratives of the Cold War--the African American soldiers in the U.S. military. Green points to the exponential increase in the numbers of African American servicemen in the years after World War II, as "nearly two million black citizens" came to serve in the U.S. military during the decade after 1945 (p. 2). In the midst of a galvanizing Cold War, why did such an increase occur, and what kind of meaning did African Americans' overseas participation in the U.S. military come to hold? In his response to these questions, Green argues for what he sees as a significant change in the attitudes held by the black public regarding the U.S. military during the period from 1945 through the Korean War in the 1950s. What started initially as "disgust" for the

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Published: Aug 7, 2013

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