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1919 Apr. 12

Letter from unidentified correspondent to Editor of the Crisis

Fort Eustis (Va.) - From "a boy from Camp Eustis"; describing the Fort as "hell on earth" and elaborating on efforts to complain formally to the War Dept., noting in dismay that he and other draftees do "nothing but laboring work," are prevented from making or receiving visits, grossly underpaid, victims of overt racial discrimination, and hugely mistreated despite their immeasurable sacri... more

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1924 Aug. 4

Sherwood, Jose H.

Letter from Jose H. Sherwood to Editor of the Crisis

Saint Paul (Minn.) - Relaying his shock upon reading the recent feature on "Colored Training Camps"; seeking further information on the "future attitude" of the War Dept. with respect thereto; and noting the impending International Conference of the Knights Templar, to take place in Pittsburgh.

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1919 June 6

Tucker, Ewbank

Letter from Ewbank Tucker to W. E. B. Du Bois

Bedford (Va.) - An open letter in response to the "Crisis"'s coverage of "the alleged bad treatment of colored officers in France by the authorities"; noting he is not exactly challenging the charges; but sharing some of the first-hand stories he's been told by those involved; and noting the general inefficiency faced and executed thereby.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1919 Sept. 12

Letter from unidentified correspondent to Editor of the Crisis

Albany (N.Y.) - Signed "a subscriber"; identifying himself as a member of the 80th Pioneer Infantry and on that basis countering some of his coverage of blacks in the war, particularly with regard to the conferral of service awards.

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1919 Apr. 17

Perry, George W.

Letter from George W. Perry to Editor of the Crisis

Vouziers (France) - Signed Sergt. Major, 2nd Battalion, 805th Pioneer Infantry, A. E. F.; enclosing under separate cover photos of two of the regiment's companies and headquarter; describing in some depth the composition and experience thereof; and hoping said materials are of some use to the magazine.

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1919 Aug. 7

Williams, Jerome E.

Letter from Jerome E. Williams to Crisis

Camden (N.J.) - Granting permission to publish his complaints about the A.E.F. in the September "Crisis."

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1919 Jan. 25

York, William H.

Letter from William H. York to W. E. B. Du Bois

Le Mans (France) - Describing his ongoing troubles trying to secure leave from his station in France; inquiring into Du Bois's progress on Conference preparations and representation; wishing him every success in his endeavors; and describing functions for servicemen in the works under A. E. F. auspices.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1919 Aug. 7

Williams, Jerome E.

Letter from Jerome E. Williams to Crisis

Camden (N.J.) - Complaining of the poor treatment he and other black soldiers faced during their stationing in France and their even more poor reception upon the conclusion of the war, and enclosing permission to publish complaint to the A.E.F. in the September "Crisis."

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1920 June 16

Caldwell, W. A.

Letter from W. A. Caldwell to Editor of the Crisis

Manila (Philippines) - Commenting at length at the "shameless performance" of Colonel Greer; reflecting with disgust on the ubiquitous instances of disgrace deriving from America's involvement in World War I; adding to that list, with an anecdote of a colored soldier who was brutally assaulted in a Spartanberg hotel following his war service; and enclosing a letter on all this intended for publicatio... more

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1920 June 16

Caldwell, W. A.

Agent Colonel Greer's letter to Senator McKeller

Manila (Philippines) - Alleging that Colonel Greer managed in 18th months to achieve the infamy of none other than Judas; attacking his slanderous letter on colored World War I troops; and questioning ironically if disloyalty is but a requisite component of a great crisis.

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