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African American Military Heroes (Black Stars)by Jim Haskins
Synopses & Reviews
Throughout American history, succeeding in the military has demanded unflagging courage, strength of character, and a patriotic spirit. For an African American man or woman, serving in the military has also meant battling oppression and struggling against deep-seated prejudice. Those who persevered were not only warriors, nurses, or leaders—they were heroes and heroines.
In this action-packed collection, you will meet thirty brave and determined African American military heroes, from the eighteenth century up to the present. You'll discover little-known facts about their families and careers, as well as the remarkable odds each of them overcame.
Ranging from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War, these exciting stories show you how:
This extraordinary collection highlights these and dozens of other absorbing stories of dedicated defenders of America.
Meet the courageous black stars who defended our liberty with uncommon valor—from the early years to modern times:
About the Author
JIM HASKINS has written more than ninety books for young readers, including Diary of a Harlem School Teacher; his collaboration with Rosa Parks on her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story; The Harlem Renaissance; and Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation. He is Professor of English at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and winner of numerous awards, including the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Award for the body of his work, the Carter G. Woodson Award, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award.
Table of Contents
THE EARLY YEARS.
Private Peter Salem.
Private Austin Dabney.
Private Lemuel Haynes.
Seaman John Bathan Vashon.
THE CIVIL WAR YEARS AND RECONSTRUCTION.
Major Martin R. Delany.
Lieutenant Peter Vogelsang.
Governor Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback.
Captain Michael A. Healy.
Congressman Robert Smalls.
Sergeant Major Christian A. Fleetwood.
Sergeant William H. Carney.
Sergeant George Washington Williams.
INTO THE NEW CENTURY.
Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper.
Colonel Charles A. Young.
Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis Sr.
Private Henry Johnson.
Major General Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel Charity Adams Earley.
Seaman Dorie Miller.
Second Lieutenant Vernon J. Baker.
General Daniel "Chappie" James Jr.
Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr.
Brigadier General Hazel W. Johnson.
General Colin L. Powell.
Brigadier General Sherian Cadoria.
Colonel Guion S. Bluford Jr
Commander Robert O. Goodman Jr.
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