By Christi E. Parker
Abraham Lincoln was once president in the course of essentially the most distinctive occasions in background. With a rustic close to conflict, his final target used to be to maintain the Union jointly. while Lincoln freed the slaves, he angered many Southerners, together with his murderer, John Wilkes sales space.
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Sincerely yours, J. E. SPINGARN 52 W H O W O U L D L E A D C O L O R E D M E N I N T O B AT T L E ? One of the first black men who applied to the officer training school was James E. Gould. African Americans had been enlisting in the United States Navy long before they were officially accepted into the Army. S. Niagara slid into blockade position during the Civil War, she had a number of black sailors, among whom was William B. Gould. For Gould, joining the Union forces was a chance to both preserve the Union and strike a blow against slavery.
It was, to many, volunteer segregation. But Spingarn, a white man from a prominent family long interested in seeking equality for blacks, saw the issue differently. MILITARY TRAINING CAMP FOR COLORED MEN An Open Letter from Dr. J. E. Spingarn New York, February 15, 1917. To the Educated Colored Men of the United States: It is of the highest importance that the educated colored men of this country should be given opportunities for leadership. You must cease to remain in the background in every field of national activity, and must come forward to assume your right places as leaders of American life.
I understand that the transportation to and from the camp will be defrayed by the government, and that the subsistence and training at the camp will be free. It is probable that every man will have to pay his own fare to the camp, and that after he 51 THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS arrives, his travelling expenses will be refunded, and his fare home paid. The only expense will be the cost of the uniform, which each man must furnish himself. This consists of a khaki blouse, khaki breeches, two olive drab shirts, web belt, campaign hat and cotton leggings, costing in all about eight or ten dollars.