- Series: Modern War Studies
- Hardcover: 630 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Kansas; 1st edition edition (April 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0700619577
- ISBN-13: 978-0700619573
- Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality (Modern War Studies) Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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"The single most comprehensive and scholarly account of the 369th Infantry Regiment to date and covers the unit’s creation, wartime service, and postwar attempts at recognition. . . . brings a welcome and much needed clarity to the suffering, sacrifices, and heroics of some of America's finest military men."―Journal of African American History
"As the centennial of World War I continues, much more is being written about that horrific conflict, and this book reminds us of the significant but often forgotten African American contributions to Allied victory."—On Point
"An outstanding work."―New York Military Affairs Symposium
"This book is the definitive history of the 369th Regiment in World War I, an outstanding black infantry regiment comprised of 3,000 men led by a white command element. It is the most complete, scholarly, and fully documented account of this famous (and underpublicized) unit, unlikely to be superseded. The authors, both prominent historians, are renowned experts in their fields."―Joint Force Quarterly
"A book that readers of military history will cherish and general readers and lovers of history will find informative. It is both a reference book and an important historical narrative that lays the ground for the civil rights movement."―New World Review
"The authors mesh the military history of the regiment with the social history of the general movement for African-American equality. They analyze nonfiction and fictional works that tell the story of the regiment in such a way as to convey a vision of the African-American struggle for true freedom."―Key Reporter
"Belongs on the shelf of any serious student of the 15th/369th Regiment, American involvement in World War I, race relations in the early twentieth century, and African American history."―Journal of Military History
"Librarians need to make room for Sammons and Morrow’s study because their work delves quite deeply into the background of the regiment’s formation, the culture of the early-20th-century Harlem, and the complex issues surrounding the formation of an African American fighting unit in an era when Jim Crow was a dominant feature of the US and supported by the federal government from its president on down. Essential."―Choice
"From a literary viewpoint, [the book] is a masterpiece of scholarly research. . . . A pleasurable read. Like a vintage wine, Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War is a reading experience to be savored."―African American Golfer’s Digest
“A thoroughly researched, carefully argued, and lucidly written history. By examining the challenges faced by this African American regiment on World War battlefields and in the arenas of political power in New York City, Albany, and Washington, D.C., the authors provide important insights not only into the black experience but also into the military history of the nation. This is undoubtedly one of the best books published in recent years on American military history.”—Robert A. Doughty, author of Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War
"The history of the 369th Infantry Regiment has finally been told. Jeffrey T. Sammons and John H. Morrow, Jr., with this remarkable work of collaborative scholarship and meticulous research, have produced the definitive account of the most famous African American fighting unit in World War I."—Chad Williams, author of Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era
About the Author
Jeffrey T. Sammons is professor in the Department of History at New York University and the author of Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society. John H. Morrow, Jr., Franklin Professor of History at the University of Georgia, is the author of several books, including The Great War: An Imperial History.
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The pith of this book is the ferocious and unending drama of race, the core narrative that tracks the American experience. Harlem's Rattlers is an engrossing social history, brimming with humor, irony, courage on a grand scale and the small acts of human decency and painful betrayal that are the grist of the wartime narrative. Men skirmish in the legislature, manipulate the media, get trampled in the military bureaucracy, compete ruthlessly for recognition and at every turn the underlying racial dynamic shapes their behavior and deforms the culture.
The integration of the armed forces was a focal point of the civil rights cause for the first half of the twentieth century. Sammons and Morrow have given us a panoramic tale, rich in its evocation of the strains of class, ambition, patriotism, bravery and prejudice that run deep in the American story.
Ultimately, Sammons and Morrow are concerned with the idea of military service as a path to freedom and equality for blacks in the United States. With engaging presentation and thorough research, the authors delve into this 20th century struggle – complete with its acts of heroism, bitter political conflicts, and the frustrations of bureaucracy – and draw from a fascinating array of official documents, letters, personal accounts, and other interesting sources. The result is both a vivid, personal portrayal of the bravery and determination of the 369th on the battlefield and the struggle they faced as black veterans upon return in a rapidly changing America.
Bolstered by both unparalleled historical scholarship on the regiment and a commitment to the honoring of its memory, Harlem’s Rattlers is the definitive guide to the 369th, a book for both serious historians and any reader who appreciates the human capacity for courage in the face of war and adversity.
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