Letter to Oscar W. Price from Colonel Charles Young, July 14, 1918

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During World War One, the African American military experience was one of complexity. America entered the conflict to ensure that democracy would be safe in the world. However, for African Americans democracy at home was not guaranteed. Racism and segregation were rampant throughout the country and fighting for democracy abroad, while still feeling the sting of social, economic, and cultural discrimination was a hypocrisy many struggled with. Despite this sentiment, many African American men and women believed it was their patriotic duty to serve the war effort in some capacity. One of these young men was Sergeant Oscar W. Price. This series of letters between Price and his mentor, Colonel Charles Young, contain content of a seasoned officer advising and supporting a younger man in the military whom he considered a dear friend.

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