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The Unknown Soldiers: Black American Troops in World War I Hardcover – July 1, 1974

ISBN-13: 978-0877220633 ISBN-10: 0877220638 Edition: 1ST

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Temple Univ Pr; 1ST edition (July 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877220638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877220633
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,410,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This competently written and carefully researched study provides the first full-scale scholarly treatment of black soldiers during World War I" (LJ
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About the Author

Arthur E. Barbeau is professor of history and anthropology at West Liberty State College. Florette Henri's books include The Unknown Soldiers,Black America 1900-1920 and, for young adults, Bitter Victory: Black Soldiers in World War I.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amy Knapp on June 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
First published in the mid 1970's, this has been the only book on the subject for many years. An excellent treatment of the racial climate in America on the eve of the war, and the subsequent actions taken by the Army with America's entry in 1917. It provides a stark picture of the treatment given to African-Americans as they attempted to serve. It provides the reader with brief histories of the 92nd and 93rd Divisions, the two "Colored" divisions in the AEF and also gives a summation of the treatment given the returning troops. It has good footnotes and sources, and this edition has the added bonus of a forward by Bernard C. Nalty. If any criticism can be leveled at this book it would probably be that new scholarship in this field has uncovered more facts and new interpratations. Anyone interested in the American experience in World War one should read this book. It is written so that it is accessable to the scholar and history buff alike.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2002
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When you think you know everything there is to know about American history in general, and World War I in particular, somebody like Arthur Barbeau and company comes along and educates you as to how ignorant you were. This book is a wonder and, with "The Unwept: Black American Soldiers And The Spanish-American War" by Edward van Zile Scott, provides a remarkable history of Afro-American soldiers in two wars over a period of twenty years.
Barbeau's indignation shines through when he asks the same questions a reader must ask about the injustices Black soldiers were subjected to in America as they prepared to depart for Europe, the indignities they suffered while attempting to fight a war to save democracy once in Europe while denied it in their homeland, and the suffering they experienced in Europe and upon their return to the United States after the war. But Barbeau's indignation is muted, reasonable, logical, and unobtrusive considering the horrors he describes Black troops being subjected to and the slanders against the bravery they displayed in spite of poor equipment, if any;poor training, if any;poor, non-supportive, and/or racist commanders;inadequate support; the institutionalized racism of the military that constantly demeaned them by declaring their inferiority in order to affirm white superiority;and the constant effort to develop Black soldiers as a slave-labor force instead of one prepared for combat. The descriptions of the outrages committed against these soldiers as they prepared to return to America and then after they did arrive "home" speak volumes about the all-important need to support the concept of white supremacy and enforce that of black inferiority in spite of the well-researched and documented facts Barbeu presents as to the fallacy of each.
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The Unknown Soldiers, is an American History Masterpiece and not revisionist history, that many Historians like to classify
African American history as not the truth. My Grand Uncle, who I never met, serve in WWI, and returned to the U.S.
disillusion, and disgruntled because of the treatment by the White Men who were in charge and gave orders to the Black Soldiers. Only the French Military and the French people treated African Americans with any dignity and respect.
This book is such a complete history of the true facts, from start to finish. Now I understand what my mother told me about my uncle 's struggles, with depression, and hatred of his government, after learning that two of his fellow comrades were lynched in Baltimore, upon their return, for merely wearing their uniforms.
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By L'Alsacien on September 6, 2014
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Très intéressant si on s'intéresse au racisme dans l'armée américaine.
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By Yvonne on August 24, 2014
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My husband read it and liked it, good historical record.
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