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Title:
The Black soldier : 1492 to the present
Author:
Clinton, Catherine, 1952-
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Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Physical Description:
117 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Chronicles the military accomplishments of African Americans who fought for the independence and preservation of the United States while struggling to be treated as equals and recognized for their valor and achievement.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 9.8 3.0 43794.
ISBN:
9780395677223
Format :
Book

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Summary

Black soldiers have fought and died in the Americas for centuries, forming a chain of warriors stretching back nearly 500 years. Yet their contribution to our nation's history has been neglected, and the battles they've had to fight against racism and prejudice have often been as challenging as facing the enemy on the field of battle.
This exciting story of African-American heroism traces the history of the black soldier, from the African explorers who accompanied Columbus to African Americans who took up arms in the American Revolution, the Civil War, and Desert Storm. These tales of heroism show young readers that while black soldiers were once systematically ignored within the armed forces, earning little praise and often dying for a nation that granted them few rights, black men and women rose to the occasion and distinguished themselves with each successive opportunity to prove themselves in combat and in the ranks. Ultimately, the sacrifices of these valiant soldiers led to today's fully integrated armed services.


Author Notes

Catherine Clinton earned her undergraduate degree in Afro-American studies from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in history from Princeton. She is the author of many historical works for children and adults, and has taught African American Studies at Brandeis University, Brown University, Harvard University, and Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland . Dr. Clinton lives in San Antonio, Texas, where she's Denman Professor of American History at the University of Texas San Antonio.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. Clinton presents the history of black soldiers in America: Africans who sailed with sixteenth-century European explorers, colonial slaves given muskets to fight the Indians, and black slaves and freemen who fought in the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. The chronicle continues after the end of slavery with a record of the painfully slow progress toward equal rights, pay, and recognition in the Armed Forces during the Indian Wars, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korea, and the civil rights struggles of the twentieth century. Clinton has found a story that needs to be told, and she tells it with energy and conviction. Tales of individual heroes bring human interest to the broad sweep of history, but particular instances of bravery lead back into the overall theme. A heartening account of triumph over adversity. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-Clinton's historical chronology of African-American participation in American wars shows the harsh realities and suffering that black soldiers faced both on the front lines and at home. Beginning with the Africans who accompanied European explorers to the New World, the book continues with accounts of black participation in the French and Indian Wars, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Chapters on the Buffalo Soldiers, the Spanish-American War, World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War complete the volume. The famed Tuskegee Airmen and individuals such as Crispus Attucks, Benjamin Davis Sr., and Colin Powell are included. The clear text is embellished by frequent, well-chosen, though undocumented quotes. Chapters are brief and accessible and filled with relevant historical facts, making the book suitable for reports and for casual readers. Selected sources and a substantial index are appended. Numerous black-and-white archival photographs and reproductions appear throughout this well-organized, readable resource.-Daniel Mungai, Queens Borough Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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