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Meet Amazing Americans Leaders & Statesmen John Joseph Pershing
 
Cartoon of Pershing being pelted
Gen. Pershing stood firm against slurs and lies

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Earning Respect
Pershing did not hesitate to praise the African American troops whom he commanded in the Spanish-American War of 1898, fighting against Spanish rule in Cuba. His views were unpopular with many people who were prejudiced against black soldiers, and as a result he earned the nickname "Black Jack." Rather than be ashamed of the nickname, Pershing took pride in it. He believed that people should be judged by their actions, not by their appearance. As a result, he always had the respect of his troops. Have you ever done or said something that was not popular because you knew you were right?
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