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 casualties 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 against Saddam Hussein, these A–Z volumes underscore significant military contributions from African Americans. The two volumes provide comprehensive coverage of aspects including important historical figures; key battles, legislation, and rulings; honors awarded; regiments, formations, and squadrons; and significant places. 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 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.
• 250+ A–Z entries on the individuals, themes, and concepts surrounding African American military efforts
• Substantial chronology of black contributions to the military, from Colonial America to the present
• Listing of websites with historical significance for African Americans in the military
• Over 100 illustrations
• Thematic bibliography
• Detailed biographies of all major African American military figures, both male and female
• Complete coverage of all American conflicts from an African American perspective
• Complete listing of every African American Medal of Honor winner
• Groundbreaking research of the American Civil War roles of African American units