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A More Unbending Battle: The Harlem Hellfighters' Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home
 
 
Author
Peter N. Nelson.
Publisher Basic Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780465003174
Pages/Publication Date 291/2009
Daedalus Item Code 21871
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Recruited from all walks of Harlem life, the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African-American regiment mustered to fight in World War I—had to fight within French forces because America's segregation policy prohibited them from fighting with white U.S. soldiers. Despite extraordinary combat odds and racism, the 369th became one of the most successful and feared regiments of the war; the Germans called them the Harlem Hellfighters. They spent longer than any other American unit in combat, were the first Allied unit to reach the Rhine, and showed extraordinary valor on the battlefield, with many soldiers winning the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor.

"A thrilling story of the heroes and horrors of war.... Peter Nelson has brought to life an extraordinarily pivotal moment in the history not only of World War I, but of race in the American consciousness."—Henry Louis Gates Jr.

"In rich detail, Mr. Nelson recalls how the regiment fought valiantly at the front (and through its marching band, helped introduce jazz to Europe). Some of the most moving passages, though, are about what happened before and after."—NYTimes

 
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