Scott’s Official History of The American Negro in the World War.
Handsome copy with bright gilt to the front cover. Well-illustrated history of African Americans in the First World War—96 pages of half tone illustrations and portraits—written by an African American. Includes Prefaces by General John J. Pershing and former president Theodore Roosevelt.
Author Emmett J. Scott was a newspaper editor (Texas Freeman), educator, publicist, and private secretary and close friend of Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Institute.
“The entrance of the United States into World War I gave Scott a chance to leave Tuskegee… He became special assistant to the secretary of war [Newton D. Baker, who contributed a Preface to the present book] and was in charge of affairs relating to African Americans. While in this post he wrote Scott’s Official History of the American Negro in the World War (1919). He also wrote Negro Migration during the War (1920), under the auspices of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Scott stayed in Washington after the war, becoming a top administrator at Howard University. From 1919 to 1932 he was the university’s secretary-treasurer and business manager.” (ANB)
Scott’s history both military and civilian roles in supporting the war effort. Chapter titles include “Colored Officers and How They were Trained,” “The Negro Combat Division,” “Citations and Awards, 92nd Division,” “The Story of the ‘Buffaloes,’” “’The Eighth Illinois,’” “Negro Music that Stirred France,” “Negro Labor in War Time,” “Negro Women in War Work,” “Social Welfare Agencies” [YMCA, YWCA, Knights of Columbus, etc], and “Did the Negro Soldier Get a Square Deal?” Appendices include lists of black officers and chaplains, a map with key, and a chronology of the war.
Scott was also the author of Tuskegee and Its People (1905), Is Liberia Worth Saving? (1911), and co-author of Booker T. Washington, Builder of a Civilization (1916).
Description: Scott’s Official History of The American Negro in the World War.
[NP: np], (1919). First Edition. 511, pp +  leaves of double-sided plates. 9 x 6¾ inches. Publisher’s gilt and black decorated red cloth. Spine gilt lettering dulled; faint staining to upper board; very good.