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An excerpt from Two Colored Women with the American Expeditionary Forces that explores the racism African American soldiers and support staff faced while serving their country in France. She was the only female social worker at that hut. The hut for white soldiers had more social workers. Black social workers had to do the work of three or four people. The last, and perhaps the most difficult piece of constructive work done by the colored workers, was at Camp Pontanezen, Brest.

It has been told in another chapter how one of the writers received Brest as her first appointment, and how she was immediately informed upon her arrival that because of the roughness of the colored men, she would not be allowed to serve them. That woman went away with the determination to return to Brest, and serve the colored men there.

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She thought this was unfair to those soldiers. The two authors fought to work there and finally received permission. There were several other large huts at Camp Pontanezen, that were used for long periods exclusively by colored soldiers; but in the absence of colored women, white women, sometimes as many as five in a hut, gave a service that was necessarily perfunctory, because their prejudices would not permit them to spend a social hour with a homesick colored boy, or even to sew on a service stripe, were they asked to do so. There were so few Black social workers that sometimes white social workers were asked to work with Black soldiers.

The white social workers only provided the most basic services because of their prejudices against Black soldiers. But the very fact that they were there showed a change in the policy from a yearwhen a colored woman even was not permitted to serve them. Earlier, even Black social workers were not allowed to help the Black soldiers. All told, the Y. The last hut for the colored Americans in France was closed at Camp Pontanezen, Brest, on August 3,by one of the writers; the two of them having given the longest period of active service of any of the colored women who went overseas.

The two authors served in France longer than any other Black woman. They provided a tremendous service to the Black soldiers. Hunton and Kathryn M. Although many were frustrated with racial inequality nationally, they hoped that contributing to the war effort would improve the state of Black life in America. Through paid and volunteer work, Black women overwhelmingly dedicated themselves to supporting the military, which includedBlack soldiers. Only 1 percent of all YMCA secretaries were Black, and only nineteen of the eighty-five Black secretaries to serve in France were women. Of those nineteen, only three arrived before the armistice.

These three women provided critical social services to the thousands of Black soldiers in France. In addition, they witnessed firsthand the injustices of the segregated Army and became champions for the fight for racial equality at the front and back home. Upon their return, they published a detailed of their work abroad. This is just a short excerpt from their book.

In it, they describe the work that they did, how it differed from the work of white secretaries, and how racism interfered with almost every aspect of life for Black soldiers and war workers in France. In a professional context it often happens that private or corporate clients corder a publication to be made and presented with the actual content still not being ready.

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Resource Teaching Materials Suggested Activities. Document Text Summary The largest Y. Nazaire, for the use of colored soldiers. It was the first hut built for our boys, and. It included many services, including food, a library, reading lessons, tables for writing letters and playing games, and more. To this hut one of us was ased, and served there for nearly nine months. The work was pleasant and profitable to all concerned, and no woman could have received better treatment anywhere than was received at the hands of these 9, who helped to fight the battle of St.

Nazaire by unloading the great ships that came into the harbor. Among the duties found there were to assist in religious work; to equip a library with books, chairs, tables, decorations, etc.

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One of the authors of this story worked at this hut for nine months. The 9, soldiers treated her very well. She organized the library, helped with letter writing and mail, taught soldiers how to read, and was a friend who listened to homesick soldiers. In a hut of a similar size among white soldiers, there would have been at least six women, and perhaps eight men. Here the only woman had from two to five male associates.

Colored workers everywhere were so limited that one person found it necessary to do the work of three or four. Print Text. Print Text And Summary. About the Document.

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Discussion Questions. What kind of work did they do and what services did they provide to soldiers? What were the differences between the services provided for Black soldiers versus white soldiers? How do the authors describe the experience of Black soldiers at the front? What work did Black soldiers do and how were they treated? Print Section. Suggested Activities.

Consider how each source presents a different view of work at the front. WalkerIda B. Wellsand Maggie Walker. For more resources relating to women and modern life in the early twentieth century, see The Armory Show at For more resources relating to Black women in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, see Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.

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Shop Now. Up. About Curriculum Discover More Search. Our Newsletter. Additional support provided by. WAMS Ambassador Scottie King Woodmere Middle School In a professional context it often happens that private or corporate clients corder a publication to be made and presented with the actual content still not being ready. The are likely to focus on Scottie Lesson s Sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. The largest Y. The woman was so busy she did not have time to take her vacation. One of the authors was ased to work at a larger hut when she first arrived, but the military said the Black soldiers were too rough for a woman to work there.

But the fact that white social workers were sent to the hut was a of progress.

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