Wednesday, November 11, 2009

US Navy and Integration

Although I realize what Andrew Sullivan was getting at here vis a vis "included them as citizens," I just wanted to point out that the US Navy integrated long before the Army...although I seem to recall there may have been efforts at segregation further down the line.

"Unlike the Continental Army, the Navy recruited both free and enslaved blacks from the very start of the Revolutionary War -- partly out of desperation for seamen of any color, and partly because many blacks were already experienced sailors, having served in British and state navies, as well as on merchant vessels in the North and the South."
-- PBS, "People & Events: Black Revolutionary seamen 1775 - 1783"

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