Fighting for America: Black Soldiers-the Unsung Heroes of World War II

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Random House Publishing Group, 2007 M12 18 - 400 páginas
The African-American contribution to winning World War II has never been celebrated as profoundly as in Fighting for America. In this inspirational and uniquely personal tribute, the essential part played by black servicemen and -women in that cataclysmic conflict is brought home.

Here are letters, photographs, oral histories, and rare documents, collected by historian Christopher Moore, the son of two black WWII veterans. Weaving his family history with that of his people and nation, Moore has created an unforgettable tapestry of sacrifice, fortitude, and courage. From the 1,800 black soldiers who landed at Normandy Beach on D-Day, and the legendary Tuskegee Airmen who won ninety-five Distinguished Flying Crosses, to the 761st Tank Battalion who, under General Patton, helped liberate Nazi death camps, the invaluable effort of black Americans to defend democracy is captured in word and image.

Readers will be introduced to many unheralded heroes who helped America win the war, including Dorie Miller, the messman who manned a machine gun and downed four Japanese planes; Robert Brooks, the first American to die in armored battle; Lt. Jackie Robinson, the future baseball legend who faced court-martial for refusing to sit in the back of a military bus; an until now forgotten African-American philosopher who helped save many lives at a Japanese POW camp; even the author’s own parents: his mother, Kay, a WAC when she met his father, Bill, who was part of the celebrated Red Ball Express.

Yet Fighting for America is more than a testimonial; it is also a troubling story of profound contradictions, of a country still in the throes of segregation, of a domestic battleground where arrests and riots occurred simultaneously with foreign service–and of how the war helped spotlight this disparity and galvanize the need for civil rights. Featuring a unique perspective on black soldiers, Fighting for America will move any reader: all who, like the author, owe their lives to those who served.
 

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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 ... Leer comentario completo

Contenido

Two AMERICAs? 1776 to 1941
3
PEARL HARBOR 194142
42
AMERICAs SECRET WEApoN 1942
53
ALASKA To GUADALCANAL 1942
73
THE ATLANTIC WAR 1942
85
READY FoR CoMBAT 1942
95
THE ROAD To BURMA 194243
105
BLACK Women AT WAR 194243
111
LANDING IN ENGLAND 1944
169
DDAY 1944
175
RED BALL ExPREss 1944
187
Sound OFF 1944
195
Port CHICAGo MUTINY 1944
201
Two TRIALS AND Two GENERALs 1944
211
Island To ISLAND 1944
223
HITLERs LAST CHARGE 194445
241

FDR To AFRICA 1943
121
THE FIGHTING 99TH 1943
135
THE LONG Hot SUMMER 1943
147
FIGHTERS over ANzio 1944
161

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CHRISTOPHER MOORE is curator and research historian for the New York Public Library’s world-renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He is coauthor of The Black New Yorkers: 400 Years of African American History, Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Celebration of Black Prayer, and Santa and Pete: A Novel of Christmas Past and Present (which became a CBS TV movie starring James Earl Jones). A specialist in African-American history, Moore wrote and produced the History channel’s award-winning television special The African American Burial Ground: An American Discovery. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children. Visit the author’s website at www.fightingforamerica.org.

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