The Pershing Project
In 2015, the Pershing Foundation partnered with the Pacific Film Foundation and ToneMesa to produce an educational documentary on the life and times of General John J. Pershing.
Pershing was a reluctant soldier, who initially desired a career in law. As fate would have it, he would go on to become the highest ranking military officer in U.S. history, second only to President George Washington.
He was an educator, who is famously credited for having stood up for the rights of African Americans in the late 19th century.
As a leader, Pershing was one of few American officers of his time who had experience working with, and leading African Americans, Native Americans, and even Islamic tribesmen. Because of his experiences, Pershing developed a deep appreciation for those the political and military elite often disregarded.
Although somewhat forgotten, Pershing remains one of America’s most accomplished military commanders, having led millions of soldiers on three continents in the era between the Civil War and World War II. Pershing’s story is uniquely American, as the son of a working class family whose ancestors migrated to the United States in search of a better life.
Today, the legacy of General John J. Pershing lives on through the cadets, midshipmen, and members of the National Society of Pershing Rifles and its partners, the National Society of Pershing Angels and the National Society of Black Jacks. Join us, as these high school and collegiate level students learn of Pershing’s life by traveling the world, retracing the footsteps of their patron from the fields of Laclede, Missouri to the trenches of World War I in France.
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