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The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage Paperback – 22 Jul 2014


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A history of Harlem's all-black regiment and its exploits in France during the Great War is marred by uneven storytelling and inadequate documentation. Myers and Miles take their time with setup, providing histories of both African-Americans in combat and the conditions in Europe that led to the outbreak of WWI. Even when they reach the formation of the 15th New York National Guard, they back and fill in a dedication to exposition that leaves the reader wondering what the story is. The mobilization of the 15th-now the 369th-Infantry in France is similarly plagued with narrative snags, only occasionally offering up stories of bravery in combat that illustrate the courage of these men who fought to "make the world safe for democracy," even as they lived in most undemocratic conditions. These anecdotes, and the quotations from soldiers and their families, are shockingly poorly sourced, with neither textual references nor chapter notes to complement the brief bibliography. The whole reads like a second draft, with clunky transitions and a diffusion of focus that drag down what could have been an enormously inspiring tale. (Nonfiction. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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hellfighers what is that? 31 Jan. 2007
By Melissa Sack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Book is about WW1 African American soldiers. It tells of the struggles of the Harlem Hellfighters. Some of the struggles they faced were unfair treatment, racism and more. These brave men played an important part in history and I was glad to see this book on these men.

The book was info packed. It also included photos that helped to bring history to life.

A must read for people learning about this period in history
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Harlem Hell Fighters 8 April 2009
By Larry C. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Very interesting book which emancipates an era of bigotry and intolerance.
The story is historic and long overdue.
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Great historical information 13 Jun. 2014
By James Marr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is from a school library, so written for middle school readers. I needed to brush up on some WWI history. I got the names significant leaders involved with the Harlem Hellfighters, the racial issues these men faced in the U.S. and Europe (quite a contrast), and general history of WWI. It was a fast read that I enjoyed.
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The Harlem Helfighters 21 Aug. 2013
By De-dee - Published on Amazon.com
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This was great reading and should be read by young people as it has a lot of history in it. It's a must read.
Another Part of American History to Celebrate!!!! 2 Feb. 2015
By DeAnna York - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great book! Enjoyed reading about another chapter in US history about brave soldiers, brave black soldiers who fought for their country while their country fought against them. An inspiring book.
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