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Show Thyself a ManGeorgia State Troops, Colored, 1865-1905$
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Gregory Mixon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062723

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062723.001.0001

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“Be Thou Strong Therefore and Show Thyself a Man”

“Be Thou Strong Therefore and Show Thyself a Man”

Georgia Volunteers, Colored, 1889–1895

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Show Thyself a Man

Gregory Mixon

University Press of Florida

The chapter focuses on militia reorganization and the Georgia legislature’s debates over how to define the militia. The role of the militia both in Georgia and nationally was evolving and changing from a local institution to one where local concerns were decreasing and national participation in the nation’s defence network became a goal. The Military Advisory Board becomes a major part of militia management as Georgia government seeks to redefine the militiaman as a more professionalized citizen-soldier who would receive funding in exchange for training that professionalized the militiaman. Training and leadership development would be for whites only even though black militiamen sought to be a team player by advocating for all militiamen in the public debates about the role of the militia as a state institution. As the discrimination against black militiamen increased with each state initiated militia reorganization, African Americans began to realize that their presence as citizens was being eroded, ignored, and erased. They mobilized to protest this racially focused discrimination. Blacks declared that they were here to stay.

Keywords:   Military Advisory Board, Georgia legislature, black militiamen

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