Black Americans in the U.S. Military

African Americans have served in every single war fought by the United States, although they were fighting for American freedoms that they would often be unable to enjoy.

During the time of the Revolutionary War, many African Americans were still slaves and were not permitted to serve in the Continental Army due to fears of an uprising. This ban was eventually lifted by former President George Washington — who initially enforced the ban — after he realized that he needed as many troops...

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