Len's Summary: An important new looks at American history through African-American eyes. Some 380 thousand African-American soldiers served in WWI mainly as uniformed manual labor struggling for equality and harboring unfulfilled hopes for a better future as full-fledged citizens. Includes powerful analysis of African-American Doughboy relations with white Frenchmen and with French African colonial soldiers. See also Willing Patriots: Men of Color in the First World War, Schiffer, 2009.
The Centennial commemorations are over, but WW1 remains a relevant area of study because of its enormous impact on the 20th and 21st centuries: Many present-day geographic tensions come from the post-war peace and drawing of boundaries. More families than ever are seeking to understand the war’s impact on their ancestors. The war had a profound impact on all facets of society, including post-war re-building. At the time of this writing, the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 is again newsworthy.
In 2020 we are working to increase engagement and communication with the membership. This will include: regular publication of our Journal, World War One Illustrated, and our newsletter, Here and There; a more regular social media presence; and a refreshed website.