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Myers Publishes Book On Racial Integration At Fort Jackson

10- 02- 2006

Spartanburg, S.C. – Dr. Andrew H. Myers, an associate professor of American studies and history at the University of South Carolina Upstate, has published a book entitled, Black, White & Olive Drab: Racial Integration at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and the Civil Rights Movement. Myers also holds a commission as an infantry officer with more than 20 years of combined active and reserve service in the U.S. Army.

Fort Jackson, South Carolina quickly earned a place in history as one of the first army bases to implement on a large scale President Truman's call for racial integration of the armed forces. Until now, however, the impact of this integration on the surrounding communities during the fraught years of the civil rights movement has remained unreported. In Black, White, and Olive Drab, Myers tells the little-known story of how interactions between civilians and soldiers, military authorities and municipal politicians, shaped the desegregation of a southern city. By weaving together a variety of official records, newspaper accounts, and personal narratives, Myers eloquently reveals the impact of integration of the nearby base on the desegregation of civilian buses, schools, housing, and public facilities.

Original and provocative, Black, White, and Olive Drab will engage historians and sociologists who study military-social relations, the civil rights movement, African American history, and the South, as well as those readers who are interested in or familiar with basic training and the American armed forces.

"Most investigations of race relations in the United States have focused on either the racial integration of the armed forces or the impact of the civil rights movement on society at large,” said Bernard C. Nalty, author of Strength for the Fight: A History of Black Americans in the Armed Forces. “Andrew Myers, however, addresses the relationship between the integration of the races at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and the campaign to achieve civil rights for African Americans at the nearby city of Columbia. His scrupulously researched, tightly organized, and clearly written narrative will inspire historians and sociologists while enlightening and entertaining the average reader."

To purchase the book at $39.50, visitwww.upress.virginia.eduorwww.amazon.com. For more details, contact Emily K. Grandstaff at (434) 982-2932 oremilyg@virginia.edu.