"Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military: An Encyclopedia" is unique in its coverage of nearly all major ethnic and racial minority groups, as opposed to reference works that have focused only on individual ethnic or racial minority groups. It acknowledges the military contributions of African Americans, Arabic Americans, Asian Americans, French Americans, German Americans, Hispanic Americans, Irish Americans, Italian Americans, Jewish Americans, and Native Americans.
Organized by ethnic and racial groups, this timely work highlights the individuals and events that have shaped the experience of minorities in U.S. conflicts. The work provides a comprehensive encyclopedia covering the role of all major ethnic and racial minorities in the United States during wartime. Additionally, it considers how the integration of servicemen in the U.S. military set the precedent for the eventual desegregation of America's civilian population.
From the 1st Cherokee Mounted Rifles of the Confederate States Army to the Navajo Code Talkers and 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion of World War II, ethnic and racial minorities have played significant roles in American military history.
Alexander M. Bielakowski, PhD, is associate professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS.
"Although a specialized reference work, the set is another solid contribution to ABC-CLIO's ongoing project of historical reference volumes. This work is recommended for academic and larger public libraries." - ARBA "Its historical scope, from the pre-Revolutionary period to the present, ensures the encyclopedia's expansive view of ethnic minorities. . . . Recommended for public and academic libraries." - Booklist