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Marvin Fletcher

Marvin Fletcher, portrait
Professor, Retired
Bentley Annex 416


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests & Publications

  • United States; 20th Century
  • African American History
  • U.S. Military History

He has supervised M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations in both African American and U.S. Military History, the most recent being (2009) Jeff Reardon's "Evolution of the U.S. Navy into an effective night fighting force in the Solomon Islands, 1942-43."

Fletcher has published several books in African American military history including Negro Soldiers and Officers in the United States Army, 1891-1917 and America's First Black General: Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., 1880-1970. He has also done an annotated bibliography of the peacetime U.S. Army between 1900 and 1940. He has published articles and reviews in both of his fields.

He also has researced a history of the Gold Star Mothers pilgrimage, 1929-1933. He also participated in a television documentary on this subject.

Courses Taught

He has taught a variety of courses in American military history:

  • United States in the Vietnam War
  • United States in World War II
  • Military History of the Civil War

He also has taught African American history and American Jewish history:

  • Survey of African American History
  • American Jewish History