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THE COLOR LINE by Walker Smith

Set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, The Color Line uncovers the long buried story of The Harlem Hellfighters, one of the many African-American units that served in the First World War. By focusing on the personal journey of Serval Rivard, from his wedding day to his hellish experience in the trenches of the Western Front and home again, the story reveals not only the Hellfighters� history, but that of two families and their place in Harlem�s most glorious era.
It is 1918, and Serval Rivard is marching off to war. He isn�t after glory, just respect�despite the humiliating prospect of menial labor in a segregated army. But mounting casualties on the Western Front and a twist of fate result in his reassignment to French command. It is in France that Rivard and his fellow soldiers forever distinguish themselves as �The Harlem Hellfighters.�
After surviving the horrors of No Man�s Land, Rivard returns to his bride and a community on the rise�the literary brilliance of W.E.B. DuBois and Langston Hughes, the pride of Marcus Garvey�s Back to Africa Movement, and the glamour of the Cotton Club. But as heartbreaking reports pour into Harlem of black soldiers lynched in the uniforms of their country, it becomes clear that despite the community�s progress and the military accomplishments of the Hellfighters, America�s racial divide remains immutably in place. For Rivard and his family, the Great War has ended, but a new war has begun�the war of the American Color Line.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150407770
Publisher: Sonata Books, LLC
Publication date: 10/11/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 471
File size: 515 KB

About the Author

Starting out as a vocalist signed to the prestigious Casablanca label, Walker recorded three solo albums before pursuing her real dream to write. Moving to New York in 1995, she wrote commentary and interviews for Vertigo and African Voices, and features for the Reel Sisters Film Festival. After collaborating with celebrated radio pioneer Jack �The Rapper� Gibson on his biography, she moved to New Orleans and released her first novel The Color Line. She survived Hurricane Katrina and recently completed two additional novels, Bluestone Rondo and Letters from Rome. She currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband David. For more information, visit

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