The Negro Soldier

The Negro Soldier (made during World War II). Academy-Award-winner Frank Capra contributed his talents to a patriotic World War II effort by directing a “Why We Fight” series of propaganda films. Related to this was his The Negro Soldier. It provides a rosy side of how African-Americans were serving, and being treated, in the U. S. military. No where was there a suggestion of “Negro” military units were segregated. This was the time of the Port Chicago ‘mutiny,’ when hundreds of African-American ammunition ship loaders protested and were severely punished. It was also the time of The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)struggle to serve their country. I wonder whether Mr. Capra, at the time, realized that he was presenting bizarre history and how this film was received in African-American communities.

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