If We Must Die: African American Voices on War and Peace

Overview

If We Must die is a narrative and compilation of commentaries by African American leaders, intellectuals, and average citizens on wars fought by the United States. The book uses the rich material of political and social commentary as it seeks to articulate the concerns, mood, and memory of African Americans in the context of global political realities.

Organized chronologically by America's major wars, If We Must Die offers an impressively wide array of viewpoints from such ...

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Overview

If We Must die is a narrative and compilation of commentaries by African American leaders, intellectuals, and average citizens on wars fought by the United States. The book uses the rich material of political and social commentary as it seeks to articulate the concerns, mood, and memory of African Americans in the context of global political realities.

Organized chronologically by America's major wars, If We Must Die offers an impressively wide array of viewpoints from such diverse figures as Molly Pitcher, Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Barack Obama, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Ronald Waters
This book . . . highlights a profound historical contradiction: for although African Americans' sacrifices have earned them the right to claim the full measure of freedom at home, their pursuit of freedom has been complicated by domestic race politics, even as black soldiers were, and are, fighting and dying on the battlefield.
Clarence Lusane
This startling collection of wise, funny, angry, and ultimately human reactions of black Americans on the issues of war and peace demands the widest exposure possible. This historic map of black opinion with Dr. Stanford's brilliant introductions is timely and a singular contribution for which due praise is admirably deserved.
CHOICE
This volume collects an impressively diverse array of African American thought and rhetoric on the major wars of the U.S. . . . Stanford has performed an outstanding service with this volume. . . . Essential.
Choice
This volume collects an impressively diverse array of African American thought and rhetoric on the major wars of the U.S. . . . Stanford has performed an outstanding service with this volume. . . . Essential.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742541139
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/13/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Karin L. Stanford is associate professor of pan African studies and African American politics at California State University, Northridge.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Revolutionary War: My Liberation, Your Freedom 9

Ch. 2 War of 1812: From the Plantation to the Battlefield 29

Ch. 3 Civil War: One Shot Away from Emancipation 49

Ch. 4 Spanish-American and Philippines-American Wars: Is This a White Man's War? 77

Ch. 5 World War I: The Strange Fruit of War 103

Ch. 6 World War II: Fighting for "Our America" 137

Ch. 7 Korean War: Coming In from the Cold 179

Ch. 8 Vietnam War: Red, White, Black and Blue 209

Ch. 9 Persian Gulf War: Civil Rights, Human Wrongs 257

Ch. 10 Iraq War: Patriot Games 297

Index 355

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