History of the American Negro in the Great World War. His Splendid Record in the Battle Zones of Europe.
Comprehensive history of African American soldiers of the First World War, drawn from official War Department records and contemporary sources by African American poet and journalist W. Allison Sweeney (1851–1921), contributing editor of The Chicago Defender.
This well-illustrated history of blacks in WWI—containing numerous half tone and color illustrations and portraits—includes a brief survey of African American soldiers from the American Revolution through the Civil War and Indian Wars of the frontier plus the Spanish-American War.
Sweeney’s study of the First World War includes much on black heroism in both fighting and support roles, discussions of issues of racism and segregation, plus pleas for better opportunities and treatment of African Americans. On the latter subjects, there are chapters on “Reconstruction and the Negro” by philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, President of Sears and Roebuck, and “An Emancipation Day Appeal for Justice” by Sweeney who later raises the question “Why White Officers over Negro Soldiers?”
The services of numerous all-black regiments is discussed too, including a separate chapter on the 370th U.S. Infantry Regiment (Chicago’s “Old Eighth” regiment) which had its own black officers and was part of the all-black Provisional 93rd U.S. Infantry Division that served with distinction under French command.
Description: History of the American Negro in the Great World War. His Splendid Record in the Battle Zones of Europe.
[Chicago?]: [G.G. Sapp], (1919). Color portrait frontispiece, [i]–xx, 21–307pp + numerous half tone and color plates. 9 x 6½ inches. Publisher’s original black cloth with gilt decorated cover and spine; all edges marbled. Light offsetting on endpapers; vertical creases to several preliminary leaves; very good.