The Unknown Soldiers, Black American Troops in World War I.


The authors document how Black soldiers in World War I were the victims of discriminatory draft, training, assignment, and leadership policies and were recruited despite illnesses and other disabilities that would have exempted Whites from service. Seventy percent of Black troops served in stevedore and labor companies, assigned the least desirable duties. “‘That shameful record is going to be written up, and published,’ predicted the black spokesman, Reverend Francis Grimke, ‘so that the whole world may read it, and learn how these black men, who went out from these shores to die at their country’s call, were treated simply because of the color of their skin…’” (dust jacket)


Description: The Unknown Soldiers, Black American Troops in World War I.

Philadelphia: Temple University Press, (1974). First Edition. Publisher’s cloth; dust jacket. Sixteen unnumbered pages of illustrations. Fine condition; an excellent copy.

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Price: $35.00