The African American Legacy in the US Military Final Exam Paper

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The African American Legacy in the U.S. Military

Final Session and Final Exam Paper

The focus of this last session and your Final Exam paper for this course is the African American legacy in the U.S. military. Below is a list of historical footage that reflects the legacy of African Americans in the military. You may choose footage from this list to view and write about for your Final Exam paper or you may explore other options. However, you must focus exclusively on the African American legacy in the U.S. military for your Final Exam paper.

There will be no exceptions; your final exam paper “MUST focus on an African American or African Americans” in the military.

A grade of “0” will be awarded for those who fail to follow instructions.

You may conduct research and write about a key African American figure in the military such as William H. Carney, Cathay Williams, General Colin Powell, the Black Minute Men and so many more. You may also go to the U.S. Army website entitled “African Americans in the U.S. Army; Profiles of Bravery” which chronicles the history of the African American legacy in the U.S. military (https://www.army.mil/africanamericans/index.html).

Your Final Exam paper must be written strictly from a Strengths Perspective. Specifically, you must highlight the successes and accomplishments of an African American or African Americans in the military or events related to African Americans in relationship to the military. To help you, I have listed reading material, footage, key historical figures, people, presidents and events that may serve as a foundation for your Final Exam paper and readings for the last session of this course.

Your Final Exam paper should be two or three pages. It should not exceed three pages.

Footage based on true facts; the African American legacy in the military

“Red Tails” is outstanding footage based on the history of the first, African American combat pilots in the military.

The Tuskegee Airmen is also excellent footage based on the history of the first, African American combat pilots in the military.

”Miracle at St. Anna” is contemporary footage based on an event involving a few Buffalo Soldiers.

“Buffalo Soldiers” starring Danny Glover is a more comprehensive view of who the Buffalo Soldiers were. There are also several documentaries on youtube and other sites about the Buffalo Soldiers.

“Glory” is footage based on the history of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment; one of the most celebrated “all black” units that fought in the U.S. Civil War.

“Assault at West Point: The Court Martial of John Whittaker” is footage based on “the story of Johnson Whittaker, one of the first African-American cadets admitted to West Point. Tied down and beaten by his fellow cadets, Whittaker was court-martialed on the grounds that he staged his own assault to avoid taking a philosophy exam. His defense attorneys consisted of a racist and a Harvard Graduate who squabble over how best to present his defense” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109161/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl). This is an excellent movie. However, William Ossian Flipper was the very first African American to graduate from West Point, and he suffered under White Supremacy as well. I have included an article about him below.

“Men of Honor” is footage based on the story of Carl Brashear. “He was an African American Master Chief Boatswain's Mate and the first Black Master Diver in the Navy” (http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/carl-brashear-black-first-navy).

Footage based on fiction; the African American legacy in the military

  • A Soldier’s Story (1984)

  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Hart’s War (2002)

  • Courage Under Fire

  • Crimson Tide

  • A Soldier’s Story (1984)

  • Gardens of Stone

  • An Officer and A Gentlemen (1982)

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The African American Legacy in the U.S Military
Introduction
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History of the first African American Aviators in U.S military

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Their enlisting and training

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The main man in the group

Publication and entitlement
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The U.S first lady visits the site

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First mission encounters

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Encounter with the War Department Committee

The second mission in Italy
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Working alongside the White Officers

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Getting superior planes

Constitution of the 332nd Fighter Group
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Becoming bomber escorts

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Performing excellently and attracting a nickname

German Surrender
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Causing the German surrender

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Earning a historical reputation for the country


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