The Black soldier : 1492 to the present

by Clinton, Catherine, 1952-

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Location Collection Call #
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Non-Fiction Collection j E185.63.C57 2000
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  j E185.63.C57 2000
Carnegie Library of Homestead Children Non Fiction J 355.0089 Clin
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Children Non Fiction
Call Number  J 355.0089 Clin
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 anddistinguished 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.
Published Reviews
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"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects African American soldiers -- History -- Juvenile literature.
African American soldiers -- History.
United States -- Armed Forces -- African Americans -- History -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- Armed Forces -- African Americans -- History.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Co.,2000
Language English
Description 117 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [111]-112) and index.
ISBN 039567722X
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