Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era

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$51.75
Publisher
University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date
Pages
472
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.2 X 1.3 inches | 1.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781469609850

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About the Author

Chad L. Williams is the Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Brandeis University. He is the author of the award-winning book Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era and the coeditor of Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence. His writings and op-eds have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Time, and The Conversation. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.

Reviews

[The] balance between the stories of black culturalists and those of black objects of terror, along with an astonishing breadth of scholarship and a graceful style. . . makes Torchbearers of Democracy the best account yet of a complex and decisive moment in African American social, civic, and cultural history.--African American Review


Indispensable. . . . Bits and pieces of this story may be found in a variety of other histories, but none to date have put the entire story together with the comprehensiveness, care, research, and insight of this hefty work. Highly recommended.--Choice


Torchbearers of Democracy is not a story with heroes and villains, only victims. And Williams tells the story with the exquisite skill of a scholarly storyteller.--Virginia Libraries


Torchbearers of Democracy reclaims the legacy of black soldiers and establishes the World War I era as a defining moment in the history of African Americans and peoples of African descent more broadly. . . . This book is an important addition to a W.W.I library.--The Lone Star Book Review


A masterpiece of interpretative social history . . . . Essential.--Journal of Southern History


A clear, unvarnished look at America in World War I. . . . Concise, descriptive and easy to read. . . . A very necessary and valuable book.--TOCWOC


A far-ranging and detailed analysis.--St. Mihiel Trip-Wire


Torchbearers of Democracy is like nothing else in the field.--Canadian Journal of History


Us[es] a diverse range of sources. . . . Reclaims the legacy of black soldiers and establishes the World War I era as a defining moment in the history of African Americans and peoples of African descent more broadly. . . . An important addition to a WWI library.--Lone Star Book Review


This well-written, accessible book illustrates the impact of the war in the context of the wider freedom struggle. . . . A fine addition to the growing literature on the relationship between war and democracy." --Journal of American History