By Philip Leon
When Oscar Booze entered West aspect in 1898, the older cadets determined that he didn't agree to their picture of what a cadet might be. After 4 months of continuing torment, together with a beating in an equipped boxing fit, ridicule for interpreting his Bible, and the pressured intake of sizzling sauce within the cadet mess corridor, he resigned. whilst Oscar died a 12 months and a part later from tuberculosis of the larynx, his relatives claimed that the West aspect cadets had killed their son via scarring his throat and making a fertile box for the deadly an infection. this can be the tale of the resultant scandal that introduced West element below fireplace within the press nationwide.
Investigations following Oscar's demise could demonstrate a long-standing trend of cruelty that had develop into inextricably pointed out with the academy, with regards to notions of social Darwinism and initiation rituals renowned on the time. either the home of Representatives and the Senate thought of final the Academy in gentle of testimony via cadets in separate investigations that exposed merciless and sadistic practices. Distilling startling money owed from trial transcripts, modern newspaper tales, archival files and correspondence, this publication exposes a little-known bankruptcy within the heritage of West Point.
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Bullies and Cowards: The West Point Hazing Scandal, 1898-1901 (Contributions in Military Studies) by Philip Leon