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Porter, Steward, Citizen: An African American's Memoir of World War I

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In 1917, the year the United States entered the Great War, Colonel Moorhead C. Kennedy, one of the most powerful men in the state of Pennsylvania and now the Deputy Director General of Transportation for the American Expeditionary Force, asked his African American valet if he would like to accompany him on an overseas mission. The valet's reaction was "Yes, sir." And he, a ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Oxford University Press, USA
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A big thank you to Oxford University Press, Pellom McDaniels III, and Netgalley for the copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

The editor begins with a drawn-out introduction on the stance of the black man in the early 1900s. Jim Crowe laws were enforced; white supremacy was society's belief. The position of African Americans in the South was precarious and the draft for WWI did not improve this. They had slipshod housing, were refused commanding positions, were given second rate s
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Royal A. Christian's memoir is an account of his time spent in London and France towards the end of World War One, when he came over as a valet to the head of a US railway company who had joined the war effort. The book was originally self-published in 1919 and has now been republished with an introduction by historian Pellom McDaniels III, which gives more context to what he describes as the transformational effects of the Great War on the lives of many African Americans.

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