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Half American : the epic story of African Americans fighting World War II at home and abroad  Cover Image Book Book

Half American : the epic story of African Americans fighting World War II at home and abroad

Delmont, Matthew F. (author.).

Summary: "The definitive history of World War II from the African American perspective, written by civil rights expert and Dartmouth history professor Matthew Delmont. Over one million Black men and women served in World War II. Black troops were at Normandy, Iwo Jima, and the Battle of the Bulge, serving in segregated units and performing unheralded but vital support jobs, only to be denied housing and educational opportunities on their return home. Without their crucial contributions to the war effort, the United States could not have won the war. And yet the stories of these Black veterans have long been ignored, cast aside in favor of the myth of the "Good War" fought by the "Greatest Generation." Half American is American history as you've likely never read it before. In these pages are stories of Black heroes such as Thurgood Marshall, the chief lawyer for the NAACP, who investigated and publicized violence against Black troops and veterans; Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., leader of the Tuskegee Airmen, who was at the forefront of the years-long fight to open the Air Force to Black pilots; Ella Baker, the civil rights leader who advocated on the home front for Black soldiers, veterans, and their families; James Thompson, the 26-year-old whose letter to a newspaper laying bare the hypocrisy of fighting against fascism abroad when racism still reigned at home set in motion the Double Victory campaign; and poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a war correspondent for the Black press. Their bravery and patriotism in the face of unfathomable racism is both inspiring and galvanizing. In a time when the questions World War II raised regarding race and democracy in America remain troublingly relevant and still unanswered, this meticulously researched retelling makes for urgently necessary reading"--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781984880406
  • ISBN: 198488039X
  • ISBN: 9781984880390
  • Physical Description: xxi, 374 pages ; 24 cm
    print
  • Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2022]

Contents / Notes

General Note:
Place of publication taken from publisher's website.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Black Americans fighting fascism in Spain -- Fighting for a chance to fight -- March on Washington -- At war down south -- Remember Pearl Harbor, remember Sikeston too -- Double victory -- Dirty work in distant lands -- Tuskegee takes flight -- War work -- Riot -- Combat -- Civil rights battlefronts at home -- Mutiny -- D-Day and the miracle of supply -- Victory in Europe -- Victory in the Pacific -- Homecoming -- We return fighting.
Subject: United States Race relations
United States Armed forces
Racism United States
Race discrimination United States
African Americans Civil rights
World War, 1939-1945 Social aspects
World War, 1939-1945 African Americans
World War, 1939-1945
United States
Social aspects
Racism against Black people
Racism
Race relations
Race discrimination
Military participation African American
Armed Forces African Americans
African Americans Civil rights
African Americans
African American soldiers
HISTORY / World
États-Unis Relations raciales Histoire 20e siècle
Racisme États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle
Noirs américains Droits Histoire 20e siècle
Militaires noirs américains Histoire 20e siècle
États-Unis Forces armées Noirs américains Histoire 20e siècle
Guerre mondiale, 1939-1945 Aspect social États-Unis
Guerre mondiale, 1939-1945 Noirs américains
United States Race relations History 20th century
Racism against Black people United States History 20th century
Racism United States History 20th century
Race discrimination United States History 20th century
African Americans Civil rights History 20th century
African American soldiers History 20th century
United States Armed Forces African Americans History 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 Social aspects United States
World War, 1939-1945 African Americans
World War, 1939-1945 Participation, African American
Genre: History.

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      Athens-Clarke County Library
NONFIC 940.5403 DELMONT ( Send Text)
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