Torchbearers of Democracy: African-American Soldiers in the World War I Era by Chad L. Williams
Published by University of North Carolina Press on September 20th 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, United States, Social Science, Ethnic Studies, African American Studies
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.