Integrating West Point

Integrating West Point

Integrating West Point

For much of its history, West Point excluded all but white men from the United States Corps of Cadets. Racial integration occurred in fits and starts, with an initial attempt to integrate during and immediately after Reconstruction, and then a more lasting effort to integrate beginning in the 1930s. The first women entered the corps of cadets in 1976.

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Integrating West Point is a digital module book under development by the Black History Project at West Point. Designed to support coursework in several core and elective courses, it will allow cadets to access and analyze dozens of primary sources to better understand the processes of integration and experiences of those who integrated West Point. The first chapter will focus on West Point’s first attempt at racial integration from 1870-1889 and will be complete in the fall of 2022. The second chapter will focus on racial integration in the 20th century and is projected to be complete in summer 2023. The final chapter will focus on gender integration at West Point and is projected to be complete in summer 2024.