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Sea Change at AnnapolisThe United States Naval Academy, 1949-2000$
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H. Michael Gelfand

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830475

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877470_gelfand

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Sea Change at Annapolis

H. Michael Gelfand

University of North Carolina Press

When the Naval Academy football team won the Sugar Bowl in 1955, USNA administrators realized the benefits of television exposure to the American public. This chapter examines the origin and development of Naval Academy recruiting, including specialized recruiting activities involving radio programs, the television series Men of Annapolis, films, and the creation of the Blue and Gold program, a system of admission advisers responsible for spreading information about the Academy and searching prospective candidates. It also examines midshipmen who were members of a variety of minority groups who experienced discrimination at USNA before 1965.

Keywords:   Naval Academy, Sugar Bowl, television, recruiting, radio programs, television series, Men of Annapolis, Blue and Gold, discrimination, USNA

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