- Age Range: 10 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 6 - 8
- Series: Black Stars (Book 19)
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 14, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471145777
- ISBN-13: 978-0471145776
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,326,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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African American Military Heroes (Black Stars) Hardcover – August 14, 1998
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Many young readers will probably know who General Colin Powell is, but have they heard of Brigadier General Hazel Johnson, the United States Army's first African American woman general? Or Guion S. Bluford Jr., the first African American in space? African Americans have been a valuable part of the United States military since before there even was a United States, when Peter Salem fought at the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill. Jim Haskins's lively stories, which include definitions of military vocabulary words, bring 30 American heroes to life, and also tell how, for years, African Americans were only able to defend their country in segregated troops. There are some surprises, particularly in the stories about women. Many grownups might not know about Deborah Sampson, who fought disguised as a man during the Revolutionary War, or that Harriet Tubman, the leader of the Underground Railroad, was also a spy for the Union Army in the Civil War.
From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9-This handsome volume highlights the lives and contributions of 30 individuals who served in the military from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Well-known figures such as Private Peter Salem, Scout Harriet Tubman, Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper, and General Colin Powell are here as well as others who deserve recognition. Readers will learn about Colonel Charles A. Young, a West Point graduate in the 1880s who served as a military attache assigned to Haiti and Santo Domingo and later Liberia; and Brigadier General Sherian Cadoria, a protocol officer in Vietnam who rose through the ranks to achieve a number of firsts for women in the army. Haskins points out that all of these patriots experienced segregation or discrimination and yet continued to serve with determination and pride. These biographical sketches show a pattern of accomplishment that has led to more equality in the armed services. Black-and-white reproductions and photographs appear throughout. The book works well as an introduction to the topic and to the various people represented.
Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA
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