The history of military entertainment has become more popular in recent years as scholars have begun to identify the insights that studying entertainment reveals about culture and institutions. This thesis presents a piece of this growing historiography by analyzing the roles of three Miss Black America pageant winners who toured Vietnam in 1970, 1971, and 1972. Despite the variable and sometimes unclear roles of these women, they ultimately boosted the morale of black service members and became symbols of black power, black beauty, and black culture during their tours.
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