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A More Unbending Battle: The Harlem Hellfighter's Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home

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The night broke open in a storm of explosions and fire. The sound of shells whizzing overhead, screeching through the night like wounded pheasants, was terrifying. When the shells exploded prematurely overhead, a rain of shrapnel fell on the men below—better than when the shells exploded in the trenches...In A More Unbending Battle, journalist and author Pete Nelson chroni ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Civitas Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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A flier dropped by the Germans and directed toward the 369th infantry read
Can you get into a restaurant where white people dine? Can you get a seat in a theater where white people sit? Can you get a seat or a berth in a railroad car, or can you even ride in the South in the same street car with the white people? Now all this is different in Germany, where they do like colored people; where they treat them ad gentlemen and as white men, and quite a numbe
Moving story of one of the most decorated American army units in World War I. Originally the 15th New York National Guard, and limited to white officers and given menial tasks, the unit of New York born soldiers were exposed to the full brunt of Jim Crow racism during their training in Spartanburg South Carolina. Ironically, this experience may partially account for the Hellfighters legendary discipline.

"What separates a soldier from a civilian is discipline — the notion of mental control and th
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Sep 23, 2010 rated it liked it
A brief but enlightening account of the first African American regiment, formed in the latter part of WWI. Amidst racial tensions that was the norm back in the day, the author depicts the contributions these marginalised warriors brought not only to the war effort, but also to the advancement of racial tolerance in America.

These men grew in maturity and stature, as they advanced the cause of democracy and freedom through their courage, their music and ultimately their lives.

It is ironic to rea
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Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This book jumped out at me because it seemed like such a fascinating subject deemed worthy of exploration. All the background on the men in the regiment and the heroic things they did in battle kept me reading. (Play-by-play battle scenes in both fiction and non-fiction tend to bore me.)
Sep 30, 2009 marked it as read-some
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Great for research papers, but not my type of nonfiction book to just sit down and read for fun.
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for my dad, an avid reader of WWI and II history, although he is more interested in the first world war. He has read so much that I’m thinking maybe something brand new or something from a small publisher that he may not have seen. Non-fiction is not in my wheelhouse and def not this subject so any help would be appreciated.
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Pete Nelson lives with his wife and son in Westchester, New York. He got his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1979 and has written both fiction and non-fiction for magazines, including Harpers, Playboy, Esquire, MS, Outside, The Iowa Review, National Wildlife, Glamour, Redbook. He was a columnist for Mademoiselle and a staff writer for LIVE Magazine, covering various live event ...more

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