African Americans in the Military

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African Americans in the Military profiles many of those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Some African Americans covered include: Crispus Attucks: First Patriot to die in the American struggle for independence; Mary Elizabeth Bowser: Former slave who spied in the home of Jefferson Davis during the Civil War; Vincent K. Brooks: Chief spokesperson for the U.S. military during the 2003 Iraq War; Eugene Jacques Bullard: The only black pilot to serve in World War I; Mary Ann Shadd Cary: Journalist, teacher, ...
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Overview

African Americans in the Military profiles many of those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Some African Americans covered include: Crispus Attucks: First Patriot to die in the American struggle for independence; Mary Elizabeth Bowser: Former slave who spied in the home of Jefferson Davis during the Civil War; Vincent K. Brooks: Chief spokesperson for the U.S. military during the 2003 Iraq War; Eugene Jacques Bullard: The only black pilot to serve in World War I; Mary Ann Shadd Cary: Journalist, teacher, lawyer, and Civil War recruiting officer; Henry Ossian Flipper: First African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy; William Goyens: Free African American who negotiated with the Indians in the Texas War for Independence; Doris Miller: Ship's cook, third class, and hero of Pearl Harbor; Colin Luther Powell: Army general, first African-American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and first African-American secretary of state; Suzy Baker King Taylor: Civil War nurse; Augustus Walley: Buffalo Soldier and Medal of Honor recipient; and many others. Offering a wealth of useful information, this book profiles more than 125 military leaders. Each enlightenment biographical entry concentrates on the events in that person's life related to his or her accomplishments in the military and includes a list of further reading on that person. An introduction, bibliography, subject indexes, general index, and 50 photographs round out the resource.
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Library Journal
An update of the 2004 edition, this series volume incorporates revisions of 15 of the nearly 150 profiles of African Americans with distinctive military service. Reef (Africans in America) offers an absorbing subject introduction, sparkling with detail and insight. The alphabetically arranged profiles often run several pages; narrate background, ranks, and accomplishments; and conclude with an impressive further reading list. The photos in the profiles add another layer of subject familiarity. A fitting accompaniment to Gail Buckley and David Halberstam's 2002 American Patriots and Robert Edgerton's 2002 Hidden Heroism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816078394
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: A to Z of African Americans Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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