The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels

Documentary, Historical
In the 1890s, the United States Army thought it could replace the horse with the newly developed and highly popular "safety bicycle." Testing this theory, the army sent 20 African American soldiers on a ride from Fort ...more

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... Mingo Sanders

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... James Moss

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... Edward Boos

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... Nelson Miles

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... Frederic Remington

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... 25th Infantry Soldier

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Synopsis

In the 1890s, the United States Army thought it could replace the horse with the newly developed and highly popular "safety bicycle." Testing this theory, the army sent 20 African American soldiers on a ride from Fort Missoula, Montana, to St. Louis, Missouri -- 2000 miles away. The program traces the group's route across the American West through the eyes of two of its riders: an enthusiastic white officer and a black first sergeant whose experience guided and motivated the enlisted men.

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