Book Review: African American Army Officers of World War I by Adam P. Wilson

About:
African American Army Officers of World War I: A Vanguard of Equality in War and Beyond by Adam P. Wilson is a non-fiction book chronicling the evolution of African American Army officers.

  • 236 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078649512X

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Thoughts:
African American Army Officers of World War I: A Vanguard of Equality in War and Beyond by Adam P. Wilson is a very interesting, and dense, history books. The author published a very informative piece about the military service of African Americans which was a critical part of the civil rights movement in the United States.

There is a lot of information in this small book, it is very insightful and sometimes dramatic. The author goes back and forth between policies, institutionalize racism and individualized stories to create a coherent timeline.

The book tells of great heroism and neglected history. The mere presence of armed African Americans on American soil was a revolutionary, and scary, concept in the early 1900s. Scary for whites afraid of an armed revolt, and scary for African Americans afraid of not being able to prove themselves.

This book took me a long time to read, it has a lot of information but mostly it isn’t as coherent as it should be. It’s a great dissertation paper (I assume), but for the casual, non-academic, reader it’s a bit confusing. I found myself reading a few pages over and over again, since I found myself losing track of what I was reading and being lost within the narrative.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
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