The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns

Debra Sheffer
Missouri Valley Sundays
In a discussion of her book, Park University historian Debra Sheffer examines early African-American military service – from colonial times through the era of the 19th-century Buffalo Soldier – and how it paved the way for black soldiers in future conflicts.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Program: 
2:00 pm
African-Americans have served proudly in every great American war, including the Civil War, where their verve and valor led to the establishment of all-black regiments in 1866. These “Buffalo Soldiers” played a significant role in the military campaigns and settlement of the American West, and paved the way for African-American soldiers in future conflicts.
 
In a discussion of her book, Park University historian Debra Sheffer discusses the impetus for the earliest black military service – enlistees hoped to attain full U.S. citizenship – and its legacy, assessing the social, economic, and political impact from colonial times through the era of the 19th-century Buffalo Soldier.
 
Sheffer, a professor of history at Park University, holds a doctorate in military history, U.S. history, and indigenous peoples from the University of Kansas.