Two Colored Women with the American Expeditionary Forces.
First hand account of two African American women serving in France during the First World War. The book documents their war-time service with the Y.W.C.A. and the military service of African American troops in the American Expeditionary Forces, the vast majority of whom served in non-combat roles as laborers or in canteens or the engineering corps.
Co-author Addie D. Waites Hunton (1875–1943) was an African American leader in the Young Women’s Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.), serving as secretary for work among black students. After being educated in Boston and Philadelphia, she taught at a vocational school in Alabama, later the Alabama A.& M. College. During the First World War she was only one of three black women to serve among the segregated African American troops.
While in France, “[s]he had witnessed repeated instances of officially sanctioned the racial prejudice; Negro recruits had been systematically assigned to menial tasks, barred from fraternizing with the white American troops, discriminated against by most white ‘Y’ workers… An undercurrent of bitterness and indignation thus pervades Two Colored Women...the revealing book Mrs. Hunton co-authored with Kathryn M Johnson. She also notes, however, that the Negroes in the A.E.F. ‘developed in France a racial consciousness and racial strength that could not have been gained in a half century of normal living in America’ (p. 157)”¹
Well-illustrated with numerous plates, including many portraits. Interestingly, the table of contents indicates which chapters each woman wrote. The scarce dust jacket present here includes cover blurbs by Jessie Fausett, literary editor of the NAACP magazine, The Crisis, and by West Indian and “father of Harlem radicalism,” Hubert Harrison, editor of Marcus Garvey’s newspaper, The Negro World.
Description: Two Colored Women with the American Expeditionary Forces.
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Eagle Press . Frontis., 256pp. + Numerous plates, portraits + index. 8vo. Publisher’s blue cloth with gilt titling with printed dust jacket. Some faint staining to covers; brief rubbing to titling along spine; dust jacket virtually in two pieces and with old, inexpert tape mends to verso; overall very good in scarce dust jacket.
Brignano 536. Work p403. Note. 1. NAW II:240-241.