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African Americans at War

An Encyclopedia

African Americans at War by Jonathan Sutherland
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A fascinating chronicle of the endeavors of African Americans who fought for their country: this book recounts their stories, their bravery, and their contributions. Since 1652, African American soldiers have fought with skill, honor, loyalty, and love for a society that didn't consider them equal. In Vietnam, 11 percent of U.S. troops and a staggering 20 percent of casualities were African Americans. The heroic role of these soldiers throughout all the U.S. wars is brought to life in this fascinating title. African Americans at War puts a human face on this neglected area of history. From pre-Revolutionary fighting against the French to cutting-edge combat to defeat the Taliban, these two AZ volumes underscore significant military contributions from African Americans. The two volumes provide comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the subject including: all of the wars; key historical figures (soldiers, sailors, airmen, statesmen, etc.); key battles, legislation, and rulings; honors awarded; regiments, formations, and squadrons; and significant places (forts, training camps, etc.) Individuals portrayed include celebrated Revolutionary hero Crispus Attucks and Lieutenant Vernon J.

Baker, who led his platoon in a near suicidal attack on German positions in 1945. Often marginalized in support functions and more frequently given suicidal missions, African Americans have served with distinction and honor in all U.S. conflicts. Their stories, endeavors, and bravery are now chronicled in one accessible resource. This set investigates each war, the interwar years, integration periods, and acceptance of African American men and women on the military team. This is a fascinating compendium spanning all U.S. history.

ABC-CLIO; December 2003
844 pages; ISBN 9781851093717
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Title: African Americans at War
Author: Jonathan Sutherland