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Fighting for America : Black soldiers-- the unsung heroes of World War II
Moore, Christopher Paul
Adult Nonfiction D810.N4 M66 2005

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The Allied victory in WWII was a triumph of logistics as well as combat power. Moore (Jubilee: The Emergence of African American Culture) looks deeply and broadly into those efforts and comes up with a major addition to the literature. He finds African-American units building the lion's share of the logistical infrastructure in Europe and the Pacific, as well as transporting everything from artillery pieces to bottles of plasma. Among combat units, the familiar Tuskegee Airmen and the Black Panthers of the 761st Tank Battalion are here, but so are the 93rd Infantry Division, which never fought as a unit in the Pacific, and the 92nd Infantry, much maligned for one failure in an otherwise respectable record in Italy. African-American WACS saved the European theater's mail system from total chaos. A great many black Americans who served endured incidents of racial discrimination; Moore vividly depicts their coping strategies. The son of two WWII veterans who met in Europe, Moore contributes a somewhat rambling essay on the development of his own racial identity, but scores of letters and photographs counterbalance that minor deficiency. Agent, Charlotte Sheedy. (On sale Dec. 28) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Proudly hailing his parents' U.S. Army service in World War II, Moore (Jubilee: The Emergence of African American Culture) fondly unfolds his personal story on a journey to understand racial identity in the land of his and his forbears' birth. Central to this book is the nagging question, Why would African Americans defend a nation that has treated them so miserably? Moore reminds readers that despite being repeatedly rejected for regular service, blacks have persistently shouldered arms and borne the burden of defending the United States. His 25 chapters tell the personal stories of black veterans in their Double-V campaign for victory against America's enemies abroad and against America's invidious racism at home. The deft narrative intersperses sparkling historical detail, vivid illustrations, and documentary excerpts that show the daunting conditions courageously faced by black men and women in the segregated U.S. armed forces of World War II. This near-patriotic paean offers the respect not found in other recent works on blacks in the U.S. armed forces. Highly recommended for collections on black, military, or modern U.S. history.-Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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