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The Unknown Soldiers
During World War I 370,000 African Americans labored, fought, and died to make the world safe for a democracy that refused them equal citizenship at home. The irony was made more bitter as black troops struggled with the racist policies of the American military itself. The overwhelming majority were assigned to labor companies; those selected for combat were under-trained, ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 22nd 1996 by Da Capo Press
(first published March 21st 1996)
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Mar 24, 2014 Jonathan rated it 5 of 5 stars
This was a painful read. There's no getting around that America in the early 20th century employed a sort of apartheid against her own black citizens and that the US Army reflected that system in its treatment of black soldiers. The experience of the black troops recruited for service in the First World War was dismal. They were treated poorly, housed and fed sub-humanly, denied fair chances for promotion, segregated into units where all of the enlisted men were blacks, the list of discriminator ...more