oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
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a black soldier in WWI

Black Yankee: An Interview with Thomas Davis, First World War Veteran. "Black Yankees, that's what the French people called us...and I thought it was funny since most of us were from the South, but the name seemed to catch on, Yankees."

Considering the level of segregation and the Jim Crow laws that existed, I asked Thomas Davis what difficulties he faced as a black veteran returning from war. I was surprised by his response, "Oh, things were much better after the war, much better." When I asked him to explain what he meant, he said, "Well, now, when you'd go into a restaurant...they'd serve you."

Interview by Eric and Jane Lawson. I wish there had been more of it, though I guess the interview taking place because of Mr. Davis' 105th birthday meant they weren't going to question him for hours and hours.
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