Returning Home

A common narrative is that the treatment of US soldiers is the same; with respect and honor. So then how did Black veterans get treated when they returned home from war? The Black army soldiers were taught about weaponry and self-assertion in the field while serving in battles. The homecoming of Black soldiers after the war had enraged and horrified white America, laying the groundwork for reactionary aggressiveness (Bryan, Jami L.).

Keeping this in mind that the public did not want black soldiers to fight in the civil war. Several veterans were attacked almost shortly after the war, typically by drivers or fellow passengers on buses and trains taking them back to their homes. Many more quickly recognized that the G.I. Bill had been designed so that most of its advantages, including mortgage assistance, college tuition, and business financing, could be denied to them (Baker, Peter C.).

Racial tensions have risen. The importance of black military training became obvious in 1947 when the Servicemen's Readjustment Act (commonly known as the G.I. Bill) allowed more than half of black veterans to complete college entrance criteria and enroll in colleges and universities. Though beyond basic training, the education of Black troops in the United States Army in 1940 was rather restricted. Among the reported Blacks in the military services, 165 were stated to be attending an engineering school at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 108 at the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and 108 at the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma (CHESLIK, HELEN E.).

Ray Young

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