The Color Line

The Color Line

by Walker Smith


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It is the dawning of the Harlem Renaissance -- W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Marcus Garvey's Back to Africa Movement, and the glamour of the Cotton Club. The Color Line follows one soldier's personal journey from his wedding day to the trenches of the Western Front and home again.

Along with hundreds of other young Black men from Harlem, Serval Rivard joins the U.S. Army in 1918 -- not for glory, just respect -- despite the prospect of menial work and segregation. But due to mounting casualties on the Western Front, a twist of fate has them reassigned to French command. In recognition of their valor, the French dub them "The Harlem Hellfighters."

After surviving the horrors of the war, Rivard returns to his bride and a community on the rise. But as reports pour into Harlem of Black soldiers lynched in the uniforms of their country, it becomes clear that despite Black progress and military accomplishments, 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780975933206
Publisher: Sonata Books, LLC
Publication date: 04/28/2005
Pages: 471
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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The Color Line 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only did it inspire me and instill a new sense of pride, it taught me things about my heritage I knew nothing about. Even sitting reading history books all day, I still wouldn't have been able to understand life in this perspective the way I understand it with this story. THANK YOU Walker Smith for writing a story that helps explain and understand all of us and where we came from. The day I began reading it, I read more than half and had trouble putting it down because there were SO many life themes to relate and respond to. With film and literature, stories that evoke the past to help us understand the present and understand ourselves personally are the best and Smith wrote an outstandingly perfect one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book twice and will read it again. To this day, I mourn the characters. By far my favorite book of all. Can't wait to read more of this author's work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very intense, mind stirring, always keeping the reader wanting to know more. I have never read such a novel. The underlying that is being told is heart felt. A must read novel
Guest More than 1 year ago
Walker Smith is a writer who understands the complexity of the human soul. Here is a writer who is not afraid to delve into the dark, even brutal side of humanity. And yet, this is not a novel of despair, but of hope, deeply rich in compassion and humor. Smith¿s characters are bold, audacious, frightened and flawed, as only a first-rate storyteller can create. If you care at all about the history of race relations in this country, if you care at all about the ongoing struggle for human dignity, or if you just have a passion for good storytelling¿Read This Book!