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Publisher Comments:

Although African American soldiers and sailors have fought in every U.S. war from the War of Independence to the War on Terrorism, their contributions are rarely and, at best, erratically recorded in encyclopedias of American military history. Most Americans would be hard-pressed to name even a few of the many heroic black servicemen, who have distinguished themselves in the annals of military history. While a public figure like Colin Powell is well known, and many people are now aware of the black regiment depicted in the movie Glory, few have heard of David Lamson. When he was close to sixty years old, this African American captain of a small local militia successfully routed British reinforcements near Concord at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Even fewer know about the "buffalo soldiers" (as African American cavalry units were once called) who rescued Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders in the famous battle of San Juan Hill during the Spanish American War. This book is teeming with essential information that has been overlooked in other references.

William Weirs Encyclopedia of African American Military History is designed to provide long overdue recognition to the outstanding accomplishments of hundreds of African American servicemen. More than three hundred entries will not only delineate the achievements of individuals and military units, but will also highlight important, often forgotten battles, wars, legislation and policy, organizations and movements, and historical incidents.

Thoroughly researched and historically accurate, with numerous illustrations, this comprehensive and substantive reference work is written to be accessible, engaging, and informative for all readers.

Book News Annotation:

Weir was an army combat correspondent during the Korean War and has written several books on weaponry. He presents an accessible reference work for readers interested in the contributions of African American servicemen and women to the military history of the U.S. The text features 300-plus entries documenting the achievements of individuals and military units, specific battles, wars, legislation and policy, organizations and movements, and historical incidents. The text includes a glossary of military and naval terms, and an extensive bibliography, and is illustrated with b&w photographs.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

William Weir (Guilford, CT), an army combat correspondent during the Korean War, is the author of Written with Lead: Legendary American Gunfights and Gunfighters and A Well Regulated Militia: The Battle over Gun Control, among other books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591021698
Preface:
Newton, Lloyd
Foreword:
Asante, Molefi Kete
Preface by:
Newton, Lloyd
Preface:
Newton, Lloyd
Foreword by:
Asante, Molefi Kete
Foreword:
Asante, Molefi Kete
Author:
Weir, William
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Location:
Amherst, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Armed Forces
Subject:
African American soldiers
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
United States History, Military.
Subject:
Military-US Military General
Subject:
African American Studies
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
3154
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
365
Dimensions:
900x600

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