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World War I and America: For Race and Country: The Life and Career of Colonel Charles Young.

Part of the NSU Alvin Sherman Library programming for World War I and America

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Where Cotilla Gallery

Join us for a talk by Dr. David P. Kilroy on one of the first African Americans officers in the United States military, Charles Young.

Among his accomplishments, Charles Young was the third African American to graduate from West Point and the first to achieve the rank of colonel.  This is the extraordinary story of the highest ranking black commissioned officer in the U.S. Army in the early 20th century whose struggle for racial equality at home often contrasted awkwardly with his prominent role in U.S. interventions in the Philippines, Liberia, Haiti and Mexico. Dr. Kilroy’s talk is based on his book, For Race and Country: The Life and Career of Colonel Charles Young,” (Praeger 2003).

Dr. Kilroy is an Associate Professor of History and International Studies in the Department of History and Political Science, part of the Nova Southeastern University College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Kilroy’s teaching and research interests include U.S. foreign relations and the correlation between U.S. foreign policy and issues of domestic American cultural and political identity. His second book, Days of Decision: Turning Points in U.S. Foreign Policy, co-authored with Michael Nojeim, Ph.D., in 2011, offers 12 case studies of major pendulum shifts in U.S. foreign policy, from the Spanish-American War in 1898 to the U.S. response to 9/11.



This exhibit is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

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